Pilot at the Wheel
FES Title: Pilot at the wheel
Alternate Titles: Billy Owens (1977, 1980)
Date: 12/09/1901
Size: 16.25″H x 10.25″W
Medium: charcoal on paper
Type: illustration
Published: Gibson, Willis. “Murnane and the ‘Illinois’: A Story of the Upper Mississippi.” McClure’s Magazine, August 1903: 363.
caption: “Billy Owens started in on some dainty steering”
Inscription: lm: Frank E. Schoonover / December 1901
Annotations: en verso: Murnane and the Illinois / Billy Owens started in on some dainty steering / FE Schoonover ——– 1901 / Studio 11 E 8th (over Gray’s printing shop)

en verso on label: This was the first effort in black and white– / most all of the previous efforts have been in color / and its reproduction will not be good – so I / gave owner the color idea – and made this / drawing I took it to New York – and / asked the publishers – at Harper’s – Century / and other publishers about its medium – they / were so enthusiastic – that for a time / I gave all my attention to black – and white.-


Exhibitions: 1977 FES; 1980 Lancaster
Comments: TP 6/19/03; Form 6/19/03; index; edit; added date after PA
Provenance: A. Cypen Lubitsch, Wilmington, Delaware; Bunch Auctions, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania [2003]; private collection [2003]
Current Owner: