131 – Boy with Baby Carriage

131 – Boy with Baby Carriage

Norman Rockwell
c. 1916
Cover illustration for The Saturday Evening Post (1916)
Oil on canvas

Cultural Connections

In Boy with Baby Carriage, Rockwell pictures a wicker carriage, typical of the early 1900’s. In the 19th c., the notion that illness was caused from being constantly indoors meant one needed light and fresh air for good health.  A baby carriage allowed a mother and her children to accomplish this. Strollers also served as a status symbol for women to signify their position as a successful wife and mother.

Stroller

Mother and her child enjoying the fresh air

Pink vacuum cleaner ad.

Rockwell’s father, Jarvis, is standing beside Norman in his baby carriage, 1894.