Stolen Goods by Norman Rockwell
February 9, 1918 Issue of Judge
Stolen Goods, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of Judge published February 9, 1918.
An alternate title for this painting is Boy Stealing Girl's Kilt.
This was the third cover by Rockwell to appear on Judge and the first of four in 1918. Only six Rockwell covers were published by Judge, from 1917 to 1918. Rockwell only submitted to this smaller magazine after the publishers of the more popular magazines had declined to publish the cover illustration.
Rockwell's clear preference and his first choice of publication was The Saturday Evening Post. He believed, and his career confirmed, that the Post cover was America's biggest showcase window for artists.
Boy Stealing Girl's Kilt - is this named right? The way Rockwell painted this, it could also be Girl Stealing Boy's Kilt. It's hard to tell who was wearing the kilt first.
Certainly, the skirt or kilt matches the girl's blouse and hair bow. So it seems that the kilt was originally the girl's skirt.
This painting was only one of numerous Norman Rockwell magazine covers;
Here is the complete list of all Norman Rockwell magazine covers.
The boy is apparently pretending to be a Scottish soldier.
In addition to his kilt, he wears a army uniform shirt with matching spats along with a military-style hat mad of newspaper and ribbon. A blue scarf adorns his uniform as a sash. He also has a purse strapped to his belt.
His wooden sword is strapped to his side. He doesn't appear to have a scabbard for it.
The boy has made himself five medals of different shapes, sizes and colors to wear on his uniform. The cross-shaped medal pinned to his sash has the word "ONER" written on or inscribed into it.
Surely, these two are brother and sister, and this battle is taking place in private. If I was this boy, I wouldn't want to be in public when the girl gets her skirt back .
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