Dutch Boy Painter
Title: Dutch Boy Painter
Media: Oil on Canvas
Signed: Lower Right
L C EARLE '07
About 1906, a consortium of
white lead manufacturers, newly combined under
the name of The National Lead Company, were
looking for a symbol to unite them. As the
finest white lead manufacturers, using what was
called the "Dutch method" of processing, and
also because the people of Holland had a
worldwide reputation for keeping their homes
immaculately white-washed, they decided upon a
little Dutch boy. Artist Rudolf Yook, an
illustrator of Dutch ancestry, came up with the
initial sketches of a little boy dressed in
overalls and carrying a paint bucket and brush.
The finishing touches to the character came when
the company commissioned noted artist Lawrence
Carmichael Earle to paint an oil portrait of the
Dutch boy. Earle used as his model a little
Irish boy from his own neighborhood. He was nine
years old and played ball in the street outside
the home of the artist. That little boy grew up
to become Michael E. Brady, a well-known
political cartoon artist.*
He is the most recognized paint
icon. The paint is based on a 16th century
'Dutch Process.' His likeness is based on
information on an article published in
the March 1922 issue of The Dutch Boy Painter
- A Magazine Devoted to the Interests of Good
Painting. This article was published a few
weeks after the death of the artist as a
commemorative. The cover of the March 1922 issue
is shown in full,
*Read article published March
1931 about the original model for this portrait
"The Dutch Boy Was an Irish Boy"
Additional images of this painting:
"A Good Job"
Painters do their best work with pure White Lead
("Dutch Boy Painter" trade-mark).
Artist Signed: L. C. Earle.
"The Dutch Boy Painter."
Reproduced from the oil painting
by Lawrence C. Earle
This attractive figure has
as the trade-mark and guaranty of
absolutely pure white lead.
by National Lead Co.
Early Dutch Boy Paint Lead Paperweight.
"NATIONAL LEAD COMPANY,
PERFECTION ANTI-FRICTION METAL."
National Lead Company. Phoenix Metal.
Approx 3 1/2"