Holding the Claim
FES Title: Holding the Claim – “Hopalong series”
Alternate Titles: Hopalong Cassidy
[1967]; Hopalong and Shorty [1979]
Date: 05/02/1906
Size: 36″H x 24″W
Medium: oil-on-canvas
Type: illustration
Published: Mulford, Clarence Edward. “Bar-20 Range Yarns – Holding the Claim.” Outing Magazine, August 1906: 552.
caption: “Hopalong…Blew Another Smoke Ring. He was Waiting for the Gun to Waver.”

Mulford, Clarence Edward. Bar-20. New York: The Outing Publishing Company, 1907: facing 182.
caption: “Calmly blew several heavy smoke rings around the frowning barrel.”

______. New York: A. L. Burt Company, 1907: facing 182.
caption: [same as above]

Brandywine River Museum. Brandywine West: January 18 – May 18, 1975. Chadds Ford, PA: Brandywine River Museum, 1975.

Smith, Louise Schoonover. “The Art of Frank E. Schoonover.” Illustration, July 2003: 28.
caption: “Hopalong and Shorty,” 1905. Oil on canvas, 36″ x 24″. Daybook #272. Collection of National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

Inscription: ll: Schoonover-Co. / 1906
Exhibitions: 1967 Gift Horse; 1975 BRM (catalog); 1979 Artists of the Brandywine
Comments: 4×5 non-trany; image from Museum 12/07; form 12/07; relined; index; edit
Commentary: Faced with a deadline from Outing Magazine, Schoonover found himself without enough time to finish this painting. He solicited the expertise of N.C. Wyeth who worked in the adjoining studio at 1616 North Rodney Street in Wilmington, Delaware. N.C. helped him finish the sky in time for the shipment to the publisher. Not wanting to take all of the credit, Schoonover signed it in the lower left: “Schoonover – Co. / 1906.”
Provenance: Artist; unknown; Mrs. Ron Crawford [1975]; Schoonover Studios, Ltd., Wilmington, Delaware [1979]; National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma [1981]
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