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Frank E. Schoonover (1877-1972) Trappers on the Lake

Frank E. Schoonover (1877-1972) Trappers on the Lake

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Frank E. Schoonover (1877-1972)
Trappers on the Lake, 1932
signed and dated "Frank E. Schoonover '32" lower right
oil on canvas, 20 by 44 in.

"The voyageur was the son of Canada's lakes & rivers over his paddle strokes sped on the huge fur brigade"

Frank E. Schoonover was born in 1877 in New Jersey. As an artist, he trained in illustration at the Drexel Institute with Howard Pyle, where he recalled he "felt honored because his class was a pretty strong one-made up of big shots: Jessie Willcox Smith, Maxfield Parrish." Schoonover would open a studio in Wilmington, Delaware, and for a time had a studio in Jamaica, down the street from fellow student and famed illustrator N.C. Wyeth. Like Wyeth, Schoonover completed many paintings for books and adventure stories during the Golden Age of Illustration. Schoonover was considered the "Dean of Delaware Artists," founded the Wilmington Sketch Club, and helped found the Delaware Museum of Art. Cortlandt Schoonover writes, "Capturing outdoor scenes of action was Frank Schoonover's natural delight - and the delight of his vast public. The western United States and Canada was Schoonover's favorite setting."

PROVENANCE: Harry Craig, May 24, 1937
Private Collection
Private Collection, New York

LITERATURE: Constance Lindsay Skinner, "My Canoe is All My Good," Junior Red Cross Journal, April 1933, pp. 176-77, illustrated.

Frank E. Schoonover, The Edge of Wilderness, Toronto, 1974, p. 156, illustrated as Trappers on Lake.

Cortlandt Schoonover, Frank Schoonover: Illustrator of the North American Frontier, New York, 1976.

John R. Schoonover, Louise Schoonover, LeeAnn Dean, and Louise Schoonover Smith, Frank E. Schoonover, Catalogue Raisonne, Vol. 2, No. 1924, p. 565, illustrated.


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