Retribution by Norman Rockwell
May 15, 1920 Issue of The Country Gentleman
Retribution, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Country Gentleman published May 15, 1920.
This illustration was the twenty-first Country Gentleman cover by Norman Rockwell. Rockwell painted a total thirty-five covers for The Country Gentleman starting in August 1917, the first Cousin Reginald cover, and continuing through April 1922.
This was also the second installment of a two parter -continued next week- cover series. Click here for the first installment - Boys Smoking.
As we saw on last week's cover painting, Boys Smoking, Rockwell was the master at painting children in humorous situations. The week's cover portrays the aftermath of the two boys smoking outing.
Both boys have stopped smoking. Only a little smoke is coming out of only one of the pipes.
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.
It is a shame that these covers were basicly black, white and red. Some green around the gills would have been appropriate here.
Both boys look sick. Whether or not either has learned his lesson, Rockwell doesn't tell us.
The little dog is touching one boy's shoulder, perhaps attempting to make him feel better.
We can only hope that the lesson was learned. One can almost hear the question, "Why do people like this?"
But, then again, boys will be boys .
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