The Tagalong by Norman Rockwell
April 19, 1919 Issue of Collier's
The Tagalong, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of Collier's published April 19, 1919.
This was the third cover by Rockwell to appear on Collier's and the third of four in 1919. Only four Rockwell covers were published by Collier's. All were published in 1919. Rockwell only submitted to this smaller magazine after the publishers of some more popular magazines had declined to publish that particular cover illustration.
Rockwell's preference and his first choice of publication was The Saturday Evening Post. He believed, and his career showed, that the cover of the Post was America's biggest showcase window for artists.
Rockwell revisits a familiar theme with this cover illustration.
This gentleman and lady are out for a stroll. It is Easter Sunday. Easter Sunday was April 20 in 1919.
This painting was only one of numerous Norman Rockwell magazine covers;
Here is the complete list of all Norman Rockwell magazine covers.
The couple are dressed in their finest.
The young gentleman sports a bowler hat, a red rose on his lapel and a red bow tie to match the rose. He is wearing his best black pin stripe suit. He even wears white spats over his shoes.
We can only see the young lady in the background. She is wearing a pink dress. She also wears a black hat. However, her hat sports a pink flower.
Now, along comes the young man's dog. He just wants to go for a walk with the couple. The young man points back in the direction the dog has come from. "Go home," he commands. The dog's tail is now between his legs.
Will the dog go home? Or will he follow his master at a discreet distance? Will the young man be so distracted by his company that he will not know the difference .
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