Man on Dock Fishing by Norman Rockwell
July 30, 1921 Issue of The Literary Digest
Man on Dock Fishing, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Literary Digest published July 30, 1921.
This illustration was Rockwell's twenty-eighth picture featured on the cover of The Literary Digest.
Rockwell artwork was featured on the The Digest cover a total of twelve times just in 1921. A Rockwell cover was published once a month just on this one magazine alone!
Beginning with his first cover painting in 1918, Boy Showing Off Badges to the last, The Night Before Christmas in 1923, Norman Rockwell artwork was featured on The Literary Digest cover forty-seven times in all.
This painting also appears in two Rockwell commentary books. It appears:
The original oil on canvas painting, 28.125 x 28 inches or 71.5 x 71 cm, is part of the collection of the Wagnall's Memorial Foundation Museum.
Man on Dock Fishing
Norman Rockwell evokes memories of a lazy summer day spent fishing with this painting. The heat of the summer sun is apparent on both charcters, the man and the dog.
Man on Dock Fishing 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 dog is enjoying the sunshine and taking a nap.
The pipe-smoking fisherman is hot and probably uncomfortable. And why wouldn't he be hot since he is wearing long pants, long sleeves and a dark vest. His straw hat is tilted back, showing that he is trying to cool off a little.
He has already caught two fish and has them hanging from the dock. He has enjoyed success using his old cane pole baited with worms he dug himself and carried in an old tin can.
He has not put the fish in the water to keep them fresher. Maybe he was concerned that they would be scaring off the other fish. Or maybe Rockwell just wanted them in the painting.
Copyright © 1921 The Literay Digest and Funk & Wagnalls Company
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