The Catch by Norman Rockwell
May 3, 1919 Issue of The Country Gentleman
The Catch, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Country Gentleman published May 3, 1919.
This was the twelfth cover in the popular Cousin Reginald series.
This was also the second installment of a two parter -continued from last week- cover series. Click here for the first installment - The Fishing Trip.
This illustration was also the twelfth Country Gentleman cover by Norman Rockwell. Rockwell painted thirty-three covers for The Country Gentleman starting in August 1917, the first Cousin Reginald cover, and continuing through April 1922.
Even though the title for this painting does not include Reginald's name, the characters are obviously city Cousin Reginald and country Cousins Rusty and Tubby. The only thing missing is Reginald's glasses.
This painting was only one of 34 Norman Rockwell Country Gentleman covers; here is the list of more Norman Rockwell Country Gentleman scans.
Here is the complete list of all Norman Rockwell magazine covers.
Reginald's superior equipment, a store-bought rod and reel, didn't produce much of a catch. In fact, his tiny fish should have been thrown back. His drooped posture shows just how discouraged and embarrassed he really is.
Rusty and Tubby, on the other hand, are proudly toting their fish. Tubby is grinning from ear to ear. Rusty is just happily whistling. Each boy caught enough fish to provide a meal.
Rockwell knew that the fishing pole isn't what makes the fisherman .
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