Head of a Boy Scout by Norman Rockwell
July 1919 Issue of Boys' Life
Head of a Boy Scout, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of Boys' Life published July 1919.
This marked Rockwell's thirteenth cover publication for Boys' Life.
When the Boy Scouts magazine published this painting on its cover, readers had become familiar with him through his Saturday Evening Post and other covers. Rockwell had, by 1919, achieved a measure of fame.
Rockwell had been hired as the art director of Boys' Life in 1913. By 1916, when he turned free-lance, young 18-year-old Rockwell was very comfortable and confident in his position.
Both Boy Scouts and Boys' Life had become firmly established in American culture by 1919. Both would eventually become American cultural icons.
Rockwell was also well on his way to becoming an American icon as well.
Head of a Boy Scout
Here we see a happy Boy Scout portrayed with Rockwell's characteristic attention to detail.
This painting was only one of 55 Norman Rockwell Boys' Life covers; here is the list of more Norman Rockwell Boys' Life covers, advertisements and story illustrations.
Here is the complete list of all Norman Rockwell magazine covers.
The Scout is painted in full uniform from the neck up. His bandanna hangs below the border of the rest of the picture. He is wearing his Scout hat and uniform, though the uniform shirt is hard to make out.
This happy scout is smiling with both his mouth and his eyes. He is either very tired of smiling by now or he is truly happy. Rockwell always made sure his models got plenty of breaks so they would look fresh to him. That way, he could capture the expression on a face better.
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