BROOKLINE, N.H. (AP) — In the portrait, the little boy’s blue eyes twinkle as he looks straight ahead. His apple cheeks shine. There’s a gap in his teeth, and his reddish-brown hair is just slightly tousled. He’s an All-American boy.
He’s Dick, of the illustrated “Dick and Jane” series that helped teach generations to read from the 1930s to the 1970s.
He’s also Nancy Childress’ childhood neighbor and the model for the drawing by her father, Robert Childress, that along with Jane, Sally, Spot and others brought the pages of the reader to life.
Nancy Childress is selling her father’s artwork at auction in New Hampshire at the end of April. Along with Dick, there are other portraits, black-and-white drawings of John F. and Jackie Kennedy and offerings from his collection of pastel paintings of college buildings around the country.
“As an artist, there were many illustrators during the time my father was working,”