On the Asawan – Open Water
FES Title: On the Asawan – open water
Alternate Titles: Frozen Lake
[1911]; Open water on the Ashuapmouchouan (1931, 1934); Canadian River [1935]; Open Water, Canada [1962]; “Open water – 40 Below” Canada [1972]; On the Assawan [1977]
Date: 01/1904
Size: 17″H x 11″W
Medium: oil-crayon-paper
Type: landscape
Published: Schoonover, Frank E. The Edge of the Wilderness, edited by Cortlandt Schoonover. Toronto: Methuen, 1974: 27.
caption: On the Asawan

The Sewell C. Biggs Collection of American Art: A Catalogue. Dover, DE: Biggs Museum of American Art, 2002: 401.
caption: Open Water, Canada

Inscription: lr: Open water / Canada, made from —– my boat / January 1904 / Frank E. Schoonover
Exhibitions: 1911 PAFA; 1931 FES; 1934 Wesleyan; 1935 Arts Club; 1962 FES; 1972 FES; 1977 FES
Comments: TP image from Biggs Museum; Non-trany 4×5; index; edit
Commentary: The artist often set up his Wabeno, or sketching tent, on the edge of a river. “Cold as it was, though, I shall put up my little house on the river and make a sketch of it and the open water of the rapid. I had the men put up my sketching house very near to the open water.” (trip diary)
See #194 for further commentary.


Provenance: Artist; Helen L. Card, Latendorf Bookshop, New York (December 6, 1962); The Chester Marron Collection, Christiana, Pennsylvania [1972]; Baker Collectors Gallery, Lubbock, Texas; Sewell C. Biggs, Middletown, Delaware; Sewell C. Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover, Delaware