BROOKLINE, N.H. — In the portrait, the 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 has an all-American appearance.
He’s Dick of the illustrated
Dick and Jane series that helped teach generations to read from the 1930s to the
He is also a childhood neighbor to Nancy Childress and the model for the drawing by her father,
Robert Childress, that — along with those of Jane, Sally, Spot and others — brought the pages of
the books to life.
Nancy Childress plans to sell her father’s artwork at auction in New Hampshire at the end of the
month. The collection includes portraits in addition to the one of Dick; black-and-white drawings
of John F. and Jackie Kennedy; and pastel paintings of college buildings throughout the
“There were many illustrators during the