While the Audience Waits by Norman Rockwell
October 28, 1922 Issue of The Literary Digest
While the Audience Waits, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Literary Digest published October 28, 1922.
The alternate title for this painting is Circus Performer Bandaging Dog's Paw.
The painting was named by the editors of The Literary Digest.
This illustration was Rockwell's forty-first picture featured on the cover of The Literary Digest.
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.
Rockwell artwork was featured on the cover of The Digest nine times just in 1922.
The location of the original painting is not known.
The illustration was reproduced on page 60 of Norman Rockwell, A Definitive Catalogue by Laurie Norton Moffatt.
While the Audience Waits
In this painting, Norman Rockwell takes us backstage at the circus.
While the Audience Waits 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.
The circus performer is bandaging the paw of his circus dog. Was the dog injured doing his part in the circus act? Or was his paw already injured before and the man is getting him ready to perform again?
The two characters are obviously performing in the same act. The poodle's costume matches his human performer's clothing. The jackets are clearly the same.
The look on the human performer's face shows concern for his fellow performer. He wants to make sure the little dog can perform in the next act.
The dog, certainly cute enough with his pointy hat, steals the show in this painting and probably in their act as well.
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