Cobbler Studying Doll's Shoe by Norman Rockwell
April 30, 1921 Issue of The Literary Digest
Cobbler Studying Doll's Shoe, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Literary Digest published April 30, 1921.
This illustration was Rockwell's twenty-fifth picture featured on the cover of The Literary Digest.
Rockwell artwork was featured on the cover of The Digest twelve times just in 1921. A Rockwell cover was published once a month just on this one magazine alone!
Starting with his first cover illustration in 1918, Boy Showing Off Badges to the last, The Night Before Christmas in 1923, Norman Rockwell artwork was published on The Literary Digest cover forty-seven times in all.
This painting also appears on page 55 of Norman Rockwell, A Definitive Catalogue by Laurie Norton Moffatt.
The location of the original oil on canvas painting is not known.
Cobbler Studying Doll's Shoe
Here Norman Rockwell presents us with yet another humorous situation.
Cobbler Studying Doll's Shoe 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.
This cobbler is being asked by a little girl to fix the shoe of a doll.
The quizzical look on his face is almost comical.
Does he have the skill and equipment for this job? We see equipment for regular size shoes on his workbench, but no miniature tools.
The little girl is watching intently. Her doll needs a shoe.
Maybe she is his granddaughter. That would explain why he is interrupting his work on the boot in his lap.
Or maybe his motto is "No job too big or too small."
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