Thanksgiving by Norman Rockwell
November 22, 1919 Issue of The Literary Digest
Thanksgiving, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Literary Digest published November 22, 1919.
The alternate title for this work is Woman Holding Platter with Turkey.
This painting was Rockwell's eleventh picture featured on the cover of The Literary Digest.
The Digest, as a matter of fact, featured Rockwell artwork on the cover eight times total in 1919 alone.
Starting in 1918 with the first cover, Boy Showing Off Badges to the last, The Night Before Christmas in 1923, The Literary Digest featured Rockwell artwork on its cover a total of forty-seven times.
This painting also appears in two Rockwell commentary books. It appears:
The location of the original oil on canvas painting is unknown.
Norman Rockwell painted many Thanksgiving images over the course of his career as an illustrator. This is one of my favorites.
Thanksgiving was only one of 47 Norman Rockwell Literary Digest covers; here is the list of more Norman Rockwell Literary Digest scans.
Here is the complete list of all Norman Rockwell magazine covers.
This picture actually makes my mouth water. I can almost smell the turkey. The turkey and extras look that realistic.
Norman Rockwell painted this illustration for the first Thanksgiving after World War I was over. For many serviceman, this Thanksgiving was their first at home with wife, mother or grandmother in at least two years.
Thanksgiving has always been a time of celebration of being together. Mother has always been more important than the turkey. Rockwell conveys that message with this picture.
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