Bully After by Norman Rockwell
June 11, 1921 Issue of The Country Gentleman
Bully After, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Country Gentleman published June 11, 1921.
This illustration was the twenty-ninth 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 - Bully Before.
In this Norman Rockwell painting, we see the conclusion of the confrontation from the week before.
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.
The younger boy who was bullied in last week's episode has now taken charge of the situation. His collar has loosened, but other than that minor change, the younger boy is unchanged.
The would-be bully, on the other hand, has had a total reversal of fortune! He is no longer on his feet. He is no longer holding the younger boy's hat out of reach. His eye is now black.
The bully has a look of "What hit me?" He looks faint and is holding one hand up as if to plea against another punch.
And, right on cue, the younger boy's dog is now chasing the bully's dog. The bully's dog is running away, tail between his legs.
Rockwell, demonstrating his wisdom, is telling us that all it takes to defeat a bully is to stand up for yourself .
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