First of the Month by Norman Rockwell
February 26, 1921 Issue of The Literary Digest
First of the Month, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Literary Digest published February 26, 1921.
The alternate title for this illustration is Family Paying Bills.
This illustration was Rockwell's twenty-fourth picture featured on the cover of The Literary Digest.
Rockwell artwork was featured on the cover of The Digest twelve times just in 1921. A Rockwell cover was published once a month just on this one magazine alone!
This painting also appears in three Rockwell commentary books. It appears:
The original oil on canvas painting, 24 x 20 inches or 61 x 51 cm, is part of a private collection.
First of the Month
Here Norman Rockwell paints a subject to which we all can relate.
First of the Month 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.
The monthly paying of bills. That monthly balancing act of expenditures and income that we all dread.
This family must be doing well. The husband, still dressed in his business suit, actually has a trace of a smile on his face. We do not know if this is because of the bill he is staring at or because his supportive wife is asking him if he would like a drink.
Either way, Rockwell painted a stack of three bills on the desk and the man also appears to be holding three bills. So he will need that drink after all!
Rockwell also painted great detail on the desk. We see an inkwell, a quill pen, a pencil with eraser and the checkbook all on top of the desktop blotter.
The man also holds his favorite writing pen in his hand. He is not using the quill pen. Possibly it is too old-fashioned for his taste.
We also see a picture frame on the desk. It probably holds a family photograph.
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