"A Roman Scene"   Lot no. 19

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By Frederick Coffay Yohn

1875-1933 (Estimated)
36.00" x 28.00"
Oil on Canvas
Signed Lower Left



American, 1875-1933. A Roman Scene


Frederick Coffay Yohn (February 8, 1875-June 6, 1933), often recognized only by his initials, F. C. Yohn, was an artist and illustrator. His work appeared in publications including Scribner's Magazine, Harper's Magazine, and Collier's Weekly. Books he illustrated included Jack London's A Daughter of the Snows and Henry Cabot Lodge's Story of the American Revolution.

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Frederick Coffay Yohn is most noted for his illustrations of historical and battle subjects. He did many reportorial paintings of the War with Spain in 1898, of both the Cuban and Philippine phases of the conflict. He also painted a fine series of historical illustrations to accompany Henry Cabot Lodge’s “The Story of the Revolution,” published by Scribner’s magazine. His painting of the Surrender of Fort Sackville to George Rogers Clark in 1779 was the subject of commemorative U.S. postage stamp in 1929.

   Yohn was born in Indianapolis, attended the Indianapolis Art School and the Art Students League in New York where he studied under H. Siddons Mowbray. At nineteen, he made his first illustrations for Harper’s periodicals. This was followed by a long career in illustration with most of the major magazines.

   Yohn was one of the founders of the Society of Illustrators, and a collection of his work is in the Cabinet of American Illustration at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.