A large format, detailed preliminary calendar illustration by William Medcalf for a calendar commission that was titled Lesson Learned for The Brown & Bigelow Calendar Company. These humorous “Music Lesson” themed images resonated with the 1950s American public. In this stellar example, two dazed kids are left scratching their foreheads after a dust-up with a young boy with a violin who they perceived as an easy mark. The proud fiddler is a little worse for wear but walks away victorious with his proud pup in tow in a looks-can-deceive classic Americana moment. This was purchased from the William Medcalf estate directly at a sale here in the Twin Cities where it had remained in the family’s possession. Painting has been matted and shrink wrapped and is ready for display or framing. A large format 1954 calendar of the commissioned painting is included in the sale.