Spectators at a Parade by Norman Rockwell
May 28, 1921 Issue of The Literary Digest
Spectators at a Parade, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Literary Digest published May 28, 1921.
This illustration was Rockwell's twenty-sixth picture featured on the cover of The Literary Digest.
The cover of The Digest featured Rockwell artwork was featured twelve times just in 1921. A Rockwell cover was published once a month just on this one magazine cover alone!
Starting with his first cover illustration in 1918, Boy Showing Off Badges to the last, The Night Before Christmas in 1923, Norman Rockwell artwork was published on The Literary Digest cover forty-seven times in all.
This painting also appears on page 56 of Norman Rockwell, A Definitive Catalogue by Laurie Norton Moffatt.
The location of the original oil on canvas painting is not known.
Spectators at a Parade
Memorial Day 1921 was celebrated on May 30. Norman Rockwell painted this picture to remind The Literary Digest readers that Memorial Day was the following Monday.
Spectators at a Parade 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.
A family attends a Memorial Day parade. Mother, father, son and daughter are all showing that they remember the soldiers and sailors who gave their lives in war.
They watch as a soldier carries the flag by where they are standing. We see his shadow in the foreground.
The family stands behind a red, white and blue blockade. Both children are waving flags. Father has removed his hat and wears a proud look on his face. Mother looks wistful. Possibly she had lost a family member in the recent war.
In the background, an older couple looks on. The older man has removed his hay also.
In the far background, we see a white building (the White House?) with a flag flaying from a flagpole on its roof.
Rockwell was a master at portraying current events on canvas.
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