(0329) His Eyes Chanced on the Dog

His Eyes Chanced on the Dog
FES Title:
[no title entered in day books]
Alternate Titles: To Build a Fire
Date: 02/26/1908
Size: 23″H x 37″W
Medium: oil-on-canvas
Type: illustration
Published: London, Jack, “To Build a Fire.” The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine, August 1908: 531.
caption: “As he looked apathetically about him, his eyes chanced on the dog”

London, Jack. Lost Face. New York: The Macmillan Co., 1910: facing 88.
caption: “As he looked apathetically about him, his eyes chanced on the dog”

The National Museum of American Illustration. The Grand Tour: Guide/Collection Highlights. Newport, RI: The National Museum of American Illustration, 2005: np.
caption: To Build a Fire

Inscription: lr: F.E. Schoonover / ’08
Comments: index; edit
The sketch for this composition is #329s.
-restored to repair bullet holes and knife slits (not clear when this occurred)
-appraised by Irene Austen-Gillis in 2004
Commentary: On February 7th, after Schoonover had been working on this illustration for several days, he made a trip to the Bronx Zoo “for history,” as he called his research and sketching. In all likelihood, he took photographs, made sketches of the animals, and then returned to Wilmington. The first sketch he drew after he returned to the studio was that of a husky. He finished the painting after working in the studio for thirteen days. (day books)


Provenance: Robert and Leona Cecilia Knuckles, Chicago [1930]; given to Robert Knuckles, Jr., Indiana ( April 15, 1967); Carl J. Bernatovech, Langhorne, Pennsylvania (as of 1987); The National Museum of American Illustration, Newport, Rhode Island. Gift of Andrew J. Sordoni, III [2004]

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