Oil on canvas. Illustration for the 1945 Brown & Begelow Boy Scouts of America Calendar. This was the first painting Norman Rockwell completed in his new Arlington, Vermont studio. Earlier in 1943, his studio in West Arlington was devastated by a fire that destroyed innumerable artworks, a prized collectin of costumes, books, favorite pipes, and precision photographic equipment.
Many American men who fought in the war in the field often survived because of their early Scout training. Young Scouts at home served by collecting aluminum and rubber, acting as dispatch bearers and fire watchers for Civil Defense, distributing air-raid and war-bond posters and pamphlets, and raising food in victory gardens.
Oil on canvas. This painting of a Scout reading to an old sailor was the cover for the February 1926 Boys' Life magazine. He overwhelmed the Boy Scouts by telling them that he would do it without a fee, as "a labor of love." It would be an attempt to partially repay the Scouts for the start they had given him twelve years before when he was made the art director of the Boys' Life magazine when he was only 18 years old.
The early, military-looking Scout uniform was transformed over the years into a more suitable field uniform. But no changes were made in the Scout Oath, which the Boy Scout of 1910, an Honor Badge winner, shares and holds with the Eagle Scout of fifty years later.
Oil on canvas. Norman Rockwell depicted a great number of Scout craft skills in his many paintings.