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Original Illustration Art circa 1890-1970

Frank Schoonover

1877-1972 biography  |  subscribe to this artist



Frank Earle Schoonover owed much to Howard Pyle’s belief that an illustrator should thoroughly immerse himself in his subjects, paintings those things he knows best. After studying with Pyle at the Drexel Institute, in Wilmington and at Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, Schoonover began to receive assignments to cover Indian and frontier subjects. In order to qualify himself properly, he made two trips to the Hudson Bay country, first in 1903 by snowshoe and dog team, and in 1911 by canoe, observing the life and customs of the Indians. Over the years he did a great number of excellent, authoritative illustrations based on these expeditions.

   Similarly, he made field trips to other locations, such as the Mississippi Bayou country for a book he both wrote and illustrated: Lafitte, the Pirate of the Gulf.

   Over his long and productive life, Schoonover illustrated for many magazines and books, designed stained glass windows, taught at the John Herron Art Institute and at his own studio, and painted many landscapes of the neighboring Brandywine and Delaware River valleys.