This offset print entitled Before the Shot/A Study For the Doctor's Office measures 14 X 11 inches and was hand signed in permanent marker by Norman Rockwell at the bottom. This image was used for The Saturday Evening Post cover on March 15, 1958. By 1958, Norman Rockwell had captured the ideal of the family doctor in numerous illustrations for magazine covers and for pharmaceutical and life insurance ads. Unlike his previous doctor paintings, Before the Shot is a more realistic depiction of everyday American life. The painting documents the common use of penicillin following its first use in treating soldiers' wounds during World War II.
When describing his inspiration, Rockwell stated that "I guess everyone has sat in the doctor's office and examined his diplomas, wondering how good a doctor he was... This cover occasioned a great argument among my family and friends: how much of the boy's fanny should be showing. Some said more, some less. I finally locked the door of the studio and, after communing with myself for some time, lowered his pants to their present position, a compromise which avoids shocking nudity and yet reveals enough to provoke humor." -Norman Rockwell from The Norman Rockwell Album
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