Indian Mother and Child
FES Title: Indian mother and child
Alternate Titles: The Trapper’s Family; A Bit of Domestic Life-Tete a Bule Camp (1931, 1934, 1941); A Bit of Domestic Life (1911, 1962, 1979)
Date: 1904
Size: 11.5″H x 16″W
Medium: oil-crayon-paper
Type: illustration
Published: Schoonover, Frank E. “The Edge of the Wilderness.” Scribner’s Magazine, April 1905: 449.
caption: A bit of domestic life. The superstition of the Indians prevented me from finishing this drawing; their feeling against it was so strong that I had to stop and leave the tent.

Schoonover, Frank E. The Edge of the Wilderness, edited by Cortlandt Schoonover. Toronto: Methuen, 1974: 82.
caption: A Bit of Domestic Life

Brandywine River Museum. Frank E. Schoonover, Illustrator. Chadds Ford, PA: Brandywine River Museum, 1979: 21, 43-44.
caption: A Bit of Domestic Life, 1904

Inscription: lm: F.E. Schoonover
Exhibitions: 1911 PAFA; 1931 FES; 1934 Wesleyan; 1941 Princeton; 1962 FES; 1979 FES
Comments: Glenbow #59.35.5; seen & image 8/03; index; edit
form 8/21/03; DAM 6/04; index
Commentary: “I watched an Indian mother preparing a little bag of blankets and of moss for the baby…Upon this she laid the little, squirming atomy. She threw the fur cap well down upon its head…She laid the little papoose into a hammock made by throwing a small red and green blanket across two ropes tied at either end to poles. Then she swung it back and forth, singing a high minor song… The following morning I endeavored to make a color drawing of this very thing, but somehow, the mother resented it. She became uneasy and left the tent…But with other families I had no difficulty.” (diaries) See #194 for further commentary.
See related photograph by Schoonover of an Indian mother and child in Canada. (#199p)
Provenance: Artist; Helen L. Card, Latendorf Bookshop, New York; Collection of Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (July 27, 1959)