“Open Up There You Low Bred…”
FES Title: “Open up there you low bred &”
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Date: 11/05/1908
Size: 24″H x 37″W
Medium: oil-on-canvas
Type: illustration
Published: Mizner, Wilson. “Three Saved.” Collier’s Weekly, 28 December 1908: 13.
caption: “Keep a good two yards ahead and don’t turn your beezer,” directed the marshal. “Open up there, you low-bred, beach-coming vermin”
Inscription: lr: F E Schoonover / B-08
Comments: DAM 7/15/04; index; edit
Commentary: In a letter written on July 10, 2007 to the Frank E. Schoonover Fund, Inc., Richard A. Rowe, who bought this painting from the artist in 1967, relates that Pat Schoonover, the artist’s son, told him that the central figure in the painting (the man wearing the black hat) was a self portrait of the artist. Rowe writes further that he showed the painting to the artist and asked him about it. “He (Schoonover) said he wasn’t sure he really painted it and didn’t remember much about it as 1909 was a busy year and 58 years back is tough to recollect.” The artist was 90 years old at the time.
Provenance: Sold by artist to Richard A. Rowe (October 17, 1967); dealer
[1974]; Mongerson Gallery, Chicago (April 1976); Sotheby’s, New York (April 21, 1978); not known