FRANK EARLE SCHOONOVER (1877-1972)
FRANK EARLE SCHOONOVER (1877-1972)
FRANK EARLE SCHOONOVER (1877-1972)
FRANK EARLE SCHOONOVER (1877-1972)
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FRANK EARLE SCHOONOVER (1877-1972)

As the Canoe Swept By

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FRANK EARLE SCHOONOVER (1877-1972)
As the Canoe Swept By
signed and dated 'Frank E Schoonover/1950' (lower right)—dated 'April 1950' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
28 x 46 in. (71.1 x 116.8 cm.)
Painted in 1950.
Provenance
The artist.
Mr. and Mrs. William Stanier, commissioned from the above, 1950.
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen K. Leech, by descent.
Alma Leech, by descent.
Darryl Leech, Atlanta, Georgia, by descent.
Schoonover Studios, Ltd., Wilmington, Delaware.
Private collection, 2005.
Bonhams, San Francisco, California, 11 December 2012, lot 203.
Private collection, acquired from the above.
Christie's, New York, 19 May 2016, lot 56, sold by the above.
Acquired by the late owner fron the above.
Literature
L.Y. Erskine, "Why Craig Laughed," The American BoyYouth's Companion, May 1940, original version illustrated.
H.C. Pitz, “Frank E. Schoonover: An Exemplar of the Pyle Tradition,” American Artist, November 1964, p. 65, illustrated.
F.E. Schoonover, The Edge of Wilderness, Toronto, Canada, 1974, p.156, illustrated (as The Canoeists).
J. Schoonover, L.S. Smith, L. Dean, Frank E. Schoonover: Catalogue Raisonne, vol. II, Newcastle, Delaware, 2009, pp. 655, 702-03, no. 2450, illustrated.

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Lot Essay

The present work was reproduced as an illustration for Laurie York Erskine's "Why Craig Laughed" in the May 1940 issue of The American BoyYouth's Companion. The work depicts the moment when, "As the canoe swept by, Tom caught a glimpse of Crawford, but what he saw sent through him a chill of horror."

Unfortunately, on March 2, 1950, the original painting was destroyed in a cabin fire in Vermont. That same year, at the request of the work's owner Mr. William Stainer, Schoonover painted the present version to replace the lost work.

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