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April Fool: Girl with Shopkeeper: List of Errors

April Fool: Girl with Shopkeeper by Norman Rockwell
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April 3, 1948 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post

April Fool: Girl with Shopkeeper, a Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published April 3, 1948. This is another favorite of Rockwell collectors, a classic enduring image of the world Rockwell painted.

An alternate title is April Fool 1948.

This painting was Rockwell's 253rd overall out of 322 total paintings that were published on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post. Rockwell's career with the Post spanned 47 years, from his first cover illustration, Boy With Baby Carriage in 1916 to his last, Portrait of John F. Kennedy, in 1963.

This was also the third cover for The Post in 1948. In 1948, there were seven Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers published.

The original oil on canvas painting is part of a private collection.

This painting also appears in three Rockwell commentary books. It appears:

  • on page 43 of The Norman Rockwell Album
  • as illustration 429 of Norman Rockwell: Artist and Illustrator by Thomas Buechner and
  • on page 178 of Norman Rockwell, A Definitive Catalogue by Laurie Norton Moffatt.

Pristine original copies of this magazine cover routinely sell for big bucks on eBay, when it is offered. And to think it only cost fifteen cents originally! And it was mint condition then, too.

Errors from April Fool: Girl with Shopkeeper

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In this painting, Norman Rockwell answers his critic with a dose of total inaccuracy.

Here is Norman Rockwell's own list of errors, mistakes and inaccuracies from April Fool's: Girl With Shopkeeper from 1948:

  1. Two Kinds of Molding on cupboard top
  2. North American Pileated Woodpecker head is on body of crane
  3. Coffepot spout is upside down
  4. Barbed wire in place of clothesline
  5. Insignia is on back of fireman's helmet instead of front
  6. Green and red lights are reversed on ship's lantern
  7. One cup is not hanging by its handle
  8. Electric bulbs are growing on plant
  9. Man's bust has head of little girl
  10. Chipmunk sports rat's tail
  11. Penholder has pencil eracer
  12. Top of brass vase is suspender in air
  13. Clock face is a man's face
  14. Candle is where kerosene lamp should be
  15. Sampler is dated 1216
  16. Winter secen is seen through left window, summer scene through right window
  17. Antique dealer's head is on dolls
  18. Nine branches on traditionally seven branched candleabrum
  19. Beast, looks like a cougar, is crouched on top shelf
  20. Girl's hair is loose on one side, in braided pigtail on other side
  21. Titles on books read vertically instead of horizontally
  22. Girl's sweater is btooned the wrong way
  23. Mouthpiece is shown on both ends of phone
  24. Phone is not connected
  25. Goat's head shows deer's antlers
  26. No shelf to support books
  27. Lace cuff on shopkeeper's shirt
  28. Five fingers and one thumb on girl's left hand
  29. Gun's barrell is in wrong place
  30. Saddle is on the goat
  31. Potted plant is on top of lighted stove
  32. Girl's purse is a book
  33. Girl's purse only has half a strap
  34. Skunk is in girl's arms
  35. Sea gull has crane legs
  36. Stovepipe is missing from stove
  37. Mona Lisa has a halo
  38. Mona Lisa is also facing the wrong way
  39. Abraham Lincoln is wearting General Grant's military coat
  40. Stove has April Fool imprinted on it
  41. Doll has hooves onstead of feet
  42. Little girl is sitting on air
  43. Roger's group is combination of soldier from "Our Hero" and girl from "Blushing Bride"
  44. Brass kettle sports two spouts
  45. Antique dealer wears spur on one shoe
  46. Mouse is conferring with ground mole
  47. Ground mole's track through wooden floor
  48. Dog's head is on cat's body
  49. Racoon's tail is on cat's body
  50. Ball fringe is standing straight up at an angle
  51. Stove is missing one leg
  52. These are two different kinds of flooring
  53. Norman Rockwell signature is reversed
  54. Rockwell is mispelled Rockwoll
  55. Flowers are growing in floor
  56. Girl's socks do not match
  57. Girl's shoes do not match

How many more "mistakes" can you spot?

See all the paintings in the April Fool's series, 1943's April Fool's: Checkers and 1945's April Fool's: Fishing.

The April 3, 1948 Saturday Evening Post cover by Norman Rockwell entitled April Fool: Girl with Shopkeeper

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Norman Rockwell's April Fool: Girl with Shopkeeper (1948)
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Norman Rockwell Quotes:

I'll never have enough time to paint all the pictures I'd like to.

No man with a conscience can just bat out illustrations. He's got to put all his talent and feeling into them!

Some people have been kind enough to call me a fine artist. I've always called myself an illustrator. I'm not sure what the difference is. All I know is that whatever type of work I do, I try to give it my very best. Art has been my life.

Right from the beginning, I always strived to capture everything I saw as completely as possible.

The secret to so many artists living so long is that every painting is a new adventure. So, you see, they're always looking ahead to something new and exciting. The secret is not to look back.

I can take a lot of pats on the back. I love it when I get admiring letters from people. And, of course, I'd love it if the critics would notice me, too.

You must first spend some time getting your model to relax. Then you'll get a natural expression.

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