Sick Puppy by Norman Rockwell
March 10, 1923 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Sick Puppy, the Norman Rockwell painting, that appeared on the cover of March 10, 1923 issue of The Saturday Evening Post, is another favorite of Rockwell collectors.
An alternate title for this painting is Bedside Manner.
This painting was Rockwell's second cover for The Post in 1923. In 1923, there were nine Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers published.
This was also Rockwell's 55th cover illustration out of 322 Rockwell painted for the Post. Rockwell's painting publications on the cover of the Post spanned the course of 47 years. This started with his first cover illustration on May 20, 1916, Boy With Baby Carriage in 1916 to his last Post cover, Portrait of John F. Kennedy, in 1963.
The original oil on canvas painting is part of a private collection.
This painting also appears in Rockwell commentary books. It appears:
The identity of the model is not known. The identity of the dog is also not known.
Pristine original copies of this magazine cover can sell for well over one hundred dollars on eBay, with or without the rest of the magazine. And to think it only cost five cents originally! Of course, it was mint condition then, too.
This little boy is attempting to treat his puppy, who certainly looks sick. We do not know the puppy's affliction.
The boy is carefully measuring the dose of the medicine. That looks like a large spoon, possibly a tablespoonful.
Sick Puppy was only one of 322 Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers; Here is the list of Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post cover illustrations.
Here is the complete list of all Norman Rockwell magazine covers.
Also interesting to the eye is the blanket wrapped around the puppy and the extra large safety pin used to keep it tightly wrapped.
Another interesting element to this painting is the cracked almost broken bowl that only Norman Rockwell would include with the broken bone beside it.
(Image Only) Copyright © 1923 Saturday Evening Post & Curtis Publishing Company
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Do you have a personal story about this painting? Do you know the model personally? Do you have a different take on the commentary?
Norman Rockwell Quotes:
I'll never have enough time to paint all the pictures I'd like to.
No man with a conscience can just bat out illustrations. He's got to put all his talent and feeling into them!
Some people have been kind enough to call me a fine artist. I've always called myself an illustrator. I'm not sure what the difference is. All I know is that whatever type of work I do, I try to give it my very best. Art has been my life.
Right from the beginning, I always strived to capture everything I saw as completely as possible.
The secret to so many artists living so long is that every painting is a new adventure. So, you see, they're always looking ahead to something new and exciting. The secret is not to look back.
I can take a lot of pats on the back. I love it when I get admiring letters from people. And, of course, I'd love it if the critics would notice me, too.
You must first spend some time getting your model to relax. Then you'll get a natural expression.
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