Hopalong Takes Command
FES Title: Hopalong in window
Alternate Titles: Hopalong
Date: 08/23/1905
Size: 30″H x 20″W
Medium: oilColumbiacanvas
Type: illustration
Published: Mulford, Clarence Edward. “The Fight at Buckskin.” Outing Magazine, December 1905: frontispiece.
caption: Hopalong Takes Command
Mulford, Clarence Edward. Bar-20. New York: The Outing Publishing Company, 1907: cover and frontispiece.
caption: Hopalong takes command

______. New York: A.L. Burt Company, 1907: cover, frontispiece.
caption: Hopalong takes command (See page 24)

Reed, Walt, ed. The Illustrator in America 1900-1960’s. New York: Reinhold Publishing Corporation, 1966: 69.
caption: Illustration for Outing magazine, 1905, now the permanent collection of The Wilmington Society of the Fine Arts, Delaware.

Apgar,John F., Jr. Frank E. Schoonover, Painter-Illustrator: A Bibliography. Morristown, NJ: John F. Apgar, Jr., 1969:: 11.
caption: Illustration from the story Hopalong Takes Command by Clarence Edward Mulford, Outing Magazine, December 1905.

International Art Gallery. Brandywine Tradition Artists; Featuring the Works of Howard Pyle, Frank E. Schoonover, the Wyeth Family, Charles Colombo, David Hanna. New York: Great American Editions, 1971: 16, 52.
caption: Plate [XIII]

Schoonover. Frank Schoonover, Illustrator of the North American Frontier. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 1976: 49.
caption: Hopalong Takes Command

Schmidt, Dorey, ed. The American Magazine 1890-1940. Wilmington: Delaware Art Museum, 1979: 35.
caption: Frank E. Schoonover

The Popular West: American Illustrators 1900-1940. Phoenix, AZ: Phoenix Art Museum, 1982: 38.
caption Hopalong Takes Command

Taylor, Lonn, and Ingrid Maar. The American Cowboy. Studies in American Folklife, no. 2. Washington: American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, 1983: n.p. [not pictured]

Oppel, Frank, ed. Tales of the West. Secaucus, NJ: Castle, 1984: 68.
caption: Hopalong takes command.

Elzea, Rowland. The Best of American Illustration: Selections from the Delaware Art Museum. Washington, DC: Trust for Museum Exhibitions, 1985.

Beaton, Tricia. “The Painter Who Helped Create Hopalong.” Media History Digest, Spring – Summer 1986: 51.
caption: Schoonover’s Hopalong Cassidy

Krakel, Dean F. The Saga of Tom Horn. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1988: cover.
no caption

Elzea, Rowland, and Iris Snyder. The American Illustration Collection of the Delaware Art Museum. Wilmington: Delaware Art Museum, 1991: 143. [not pictured]

Adventures in Art The Brandywine Artists: Masters of Storytelling through Illustration. Pensacola, FL: Pensacola Museum of Art, 2001: 16.
caption: Hopalong takes Command

Delaware Art Museum: Selected Treasures. London: Scala Publishers Ltd., 2004: 64.
caption: Hopalong Takes Command

Meyer, John A. “Jam Session.” Living Well Magazine, January 2007: 20.
no caption.

Inscription: lr: Schoonover / ’05
Exhibitions: 1912 WSFA; 1962 FES; 1969 DAM; 1969 FES; 1971 Artmobile; 1971 Brandywine Tradition (catalog); 1975 BRM (catalog); 1979 DAM (catalog); 1982 Popular West (catalog); 1983 LOC (title unverified, catalog); 1985 CIGNA; 1985 Best (catalog); 1985 Society of Illustrators; 1988 DAM; 1993 Eiteljorg; 2001 Pensacola (catalog)
Comments: trany project 4/14/03; form 4/14/03 (examined, not potographed); index
DAM accession #42-13 Bequest of Joseph Bancroft 1942.
Commentary: Schoonover was commisioned by Clarence Mulford to illustrate Bar 20. Mulford described his main character to the artist as a sun-baked, old roughneck named Cassidy who had a decided limp. Schoonover relates that he asked if the cowboy, with his injuries, ‘hopped along’, to which the author answered in the affirmative. The artist then suggested that he be called ‘Hopalong’ Cassidy and a legend was born.
Hopalong Cassidy was known in books, in magazines, and on films starring William Boyd for many years. This painting became the first image of the famed ‘Hopalong Cassidy’ and is one of Schoonover’s most celebrated paintings.
Provenance: Sold by artist to the Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware. Bequest of Joseph Bancroft [1942]
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