Ready for His Turn by Norman Rockwell
July 1917 Issue of American Boy
Ready for His Turn, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of American Boy published July 1917.
This was the third picture by Rockwell to appear on the American Boy cover. American Boy only published five Rockwell covers, between 1916 and 1920.
This painting was also reproduced in Norman Rockwell, A Definitive Catalogue by Laurie Norton Moffatt on page 5.
Rockwell only submitted to this and other smaller magazines after the publishers of the larger magazines had declined to publish the cover illustration.
Clearly, Rockwell's first choice of publication was The Saturday Evening Post. He believed that the Post cover was America's biggest showcase window for artists. Of course, his career confirmed this.
Ready for His Turn
In this painting, Norman Rockwell treats us to a peek into the beginnings of America's entry into the First World War.
This painting was only one of numerous Norman Rockwell magazine covers;
Here is the complete list of all Norman Rockwell magazine covers.
On April 6, 1917, the United States Congress declared war on Germany. Shortly after that, men and boys started preparing for war.
This young man wears a cadet uniform. He has prepared himself to enter the Army.
He stands before the fireplace in his home. Mounted on the wall above the mantel are three portraits. All are his ancestors. All are his predecessors in military service.
The most prominent portrait is mounted in the center. Pictured is an American Revolutionary War officer, presumably the young man's great great grandfather. Or possibly this is his great grandfather during the War of 1812.
To our right, wee see the young man's grandfather, wearing a Union soldier's Civil War uniform.
To our left, we see the young man's father. He is pictured in a uniform from the Spanish-American War.
As the caption says, he is ready to take his turn at military service. It's a family tradition.
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