The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter by Norman Rockwell
July 28, 1923 Issue of The Literary Digest
The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Literary Digest published July 28, 1923.
The alternate title for this painting is Girl Sewing Old Man's Jacket.
This illustration was Rockwell's forty-fifth picture featured on the cover of The Literary Digest.
Begining with his first cover illustration in 1918, Boy Showing Off Badges to the last, The Night Before Christmas in 1923, a Norman Rockwell painting was published on The Literary Digest cover forty-seven times in all.
Rockwell artwork was featured on the cover of The Digest five times just in 1923.
This illustration was also republished on the cover of the June 1947 issue of The Grade Teacher.
This painting also appears in three Rockwell commentary books. It appears:
The last reported location of the original oil on canvas painting, 29 x 27 inches or 73.5 x 68.5 cm, was in the collection of Berry-Hill Galleries. It has apparently changed hands since then, since it is not listed on their website. Any information on its current location will be appreciated.
The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter
In this painting, Norman Rockwell takes us back to everyday ordinary life. Rockwell had a way of making even ordinary scenes into extraordinary illustrations.
The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter 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 lighthouse keeper and his daughter are sitting on a rough wooden bench. Papa needs for the hole in his jacket to be mended. His dutiful daughter has gotten her sewing and mending kit out and is happy to oblige.
It is summer out and she is barefoot. She is wearing a light summer dress. She is wearing her hair pulled back to keep her neck cooler in the summer heat. She is very young. She will return to playing after she finished mending Papa's jacket.
Her father is wearing his work clothes, dark pants, vest and hat with a white shirt and heavy shoes. His cane is at his side. He is old.
This pair of characters is truly a study in contrasts, some of Norman Rockwell's best work.
Copyright © 1923 The Literay Digest and Funk & Wagnalls Company
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