Go Home by Norman Rockwell
May 1918 Issue of Farm And Fireside
Go Home, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of Farm And Fireside published May 1918.
An alternate title for this painting is Boy and Dog Fishing.
This was the first cover by Rockwell to appear on Farm And Fireside. Only five Rockwell covers were published by this magazine. Rockwell only submitted to this smaller magazine after the bigger publishers had rejected the cover illustration.
Plainly, Rockwell's preference and first choice of publication was The Saturday Evening Post. He believed, and his career proved, that the Post cover was America's biggest showcase window for artists.
Poor little dog!
His boy is going fishing. All he wanted to do was tag along, but it seems that his boy doesn't want his company. Maybe he is fishing with his friends.
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Whatever the reason, he has told the little dog "Go home!" He has said it so forcefully that the little dog has tucked his tail between his legs and is heading back. The little dog may have been tied up at home and gotten loose to follow. That might explain why the boy looks so cross.
As for the boy, he is dressed for relaxation. His trousers look very worn as does his hat. These are probably his favorite clothes for outdoor fun and well tested in that capacity.
He is thoroughly prepared for his fishing trip. He has his pole, line, hook, float and a tin can full of worms. He is no doubt looking forward to a day of sitting under a shade tree, relaxed with his line in the water.
Catching a fish would be a nice bonus to a day well spent.
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