"The Sloop Dropped Anchor Near the Upper End of the Harbor"   Lot no. 4140

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By Frank Schoonover 1877-1972

30.00" x 21.00"
Oil on Canvas
Signed and Dated Lower Right: Frank E. Schoonover / 33



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The Crimson Cutlass interior book illustration, 1933
Signed and dated lower right: Frank E. Schoonover / 33
Inscribed on the reverse: Chapter 6 127 / 1967

R.G. Carter, The Crimson Cutlass, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1933, p. 127, illustrated;
C. Schoonover, Frank Schoonover, Illustrator of the North American Frontier, New York, 1976, p. 141;
J. Schoonover, L. Schoonover Smith, L. Dean, Frank E. Schoonover Catalogue Raisonné, New Castle, Delaware, 2009, n.p., no. 1967.

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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.