Man with Lantern by Norman Rockwell
April 23, 1921 Issue of The Country Gentleman
Man with Lantern, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Country Gentleman published April 23, 1921.
The Country Gentleman was published by Curtis Publishing Company. Curtis Publishing also published The Saturday Evening Post.
This illustration was the twenty-seventh Country Gentleman cover by Norman Rockwell. Rockwell painted thirty-five covers for The Country Gentleman starting in August 1917, the first Cousin Reginald cover, and continuing through April 1922.
Man with Lantern
Here we have an old man. He is holding his lantern up in front of his face.
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.
He appears to be trying to light the lantern. He has already lit the wick. Now he is blowing gently on the lit wick, trying to make it blaze enough. Then he will trim the wick down until he has just the right amount of light for the task at hand.
See the old man sighting down his nose to blow at the flame. Follow his eyes.
Judging by the light on his face, he has it almost right.
The old man who Rockwell used as his model for this painting was one of his favorites. He also appears on the October 22, 1921 Halloween issue of The Country Gentleman. That painting is entitled Man Playing Violin .
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