An grandchild of Mollie Tenggren's brother, Stone Froberg, wrote to me and sent a picture of a painting of Gustaf Tenggren. The model was her mother, Stone's daughter. I recognized it immediately. At first I thought it was the original for the famous Household Magazine cover from May 1935 with a small girl focusing on her sewing.
Left: portrait of Mollie Tenggren's niece. Right: Household Magazine cover May 1935.
But when I started to compare them, I quickly discovered that Tenggren had made two paintings from the same motif, but from slightly different angles. There are a couple of possible reasons for the duplicates. Maybe he started of with an ordinary portrait and later presented it as a cover proposal, or used the girl as a model for the cover assignment. The magazine then wanted him to crop the image for more impact, so he had to lower the shadow and concentrate on the girl while re-painting the scene.
Gustaf gave the painting to the girls mother who liked it so much that he had to make another one for her son.