Boy musician by Norman Rockwell, 1919. Dayton C. Miller Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress.
In this scene a young boy practices playing a six-keyed piccolo. His mother stands behind him, holding her ears. The boy wears a navy blue suit and a bright green tie, and his mother wears a dark green suit, a white blouse, and pearls. This is a cover illustration by Norman Rockwell for The American Magazine of April 1919. Rockwell produced seven covers for The American Magazine between 1918 and 1923, all of which were head-and-shoulder portraits. The title comes from the catalogue raisonné of Rockwell's work by Laurie Moffatt, vol. 1, pp. 6-7, no. C8. There are a few other magazine covers by Norman Rockwell in the Miller collection - 6/G from Life; 72/G, 72a/G (duplicate of 72/G), and 142/G from The Saturday Evening Post.
About the Artist
Norman Rockwell, painter and illustrator, 1894-1978
Norman Rockwell, an American artist, achieved renown as an illustrator for popular magazines. His covers for The Saturday Evening Post are perhaps his most well-known works though he produced illustrations for over 30 magazines as well as advertisements. The majority of Rockwell's illustrations portray daily life in small town America, especially in New England, often with a touch of humor. He was a prolific artist, producing more than 4,000 works. His magazine covers, for example, went through many careful stages. He began with a small study or sketch of an idea for a cover, then he worked with models and props and sketched each component of the scene in meticulous detail. (After 1937, he began to use photography instead of multiple sketches as an aid to composing his covers.) Next, he composed the final scene in a charcoal drawing on paper, working out all the final details. Ultimately, he painted the scene in oil on canvas, the canvas itself being sent to the magazine to be reproduced on the cover. Among the other magazines to which Rockwell provided illustrations were The American Magazine, Boys' Life (for the Boy Scouts), Collier's, Country Gentleman, Judge, Leslie's, Life (an early humor magazine), and McCall's.
- See a catalogue raisonné of Rockwell's work by Laurie Norton Moffatt, Norman Rockwell: A Definitive Catalogue. Stockbridge, Massachusetts: The Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge, 1986. 2 vols. LC call number: ND237.R68A4 1986. See also online sources on Norman Rockwell for additional biographical information: Christopher Brookeman, "Norman (Percevel) Rockwell," in Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online (subscription only); Wikipedia; and, a biography on the Web site for the Norman Rockwell Museum. [back to article]