A Northern Mist
FES Title:
[no title entered in day books]
Alternate Titles: Mist and the Indian Hunter [1931]
Date: 10/28/1916
Size: 31″H x 36″W
Medium: oil-on-canvas
Type: subject painting
Published: Nelson, W.H. “The Wilmington School.” The International Studio, December 1916: 62.
caption: Solitudes
“Sketch Book…featuring the work of outstanding Delaware artists” Dateline Delaware, September-October 1960: 28.
caption: “A Northern Mist”, owned by Joseph Bancroft. This Indian went about inscribing the exploits of his tribe on the barkless trunks of trees in charcoal.

Apgar, John F., Jr. Frank E. Schoonover, Painter-Illustrator: A Bibliography. Morristown, NJ: John F. Apgar, Jr., 1969: 18.
caption: Northern Mist. Painted circa 1916.

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: 17, 52.
caption: Plate [XIV]

Brandywine River Museum. Frank E. Schoonover, Illustrator. Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, PA, 1979: 51. [not pictured]

Pyle, Howard, N. C. Wyeth, John Edward Dell, and Walt Reed. Visions of Adventure: N.C. Wyeth and the Brandywine Artists. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 2000: contents, 58, 60-61.
caption: “A Northern Mist”

Inscription: lr: Frank E. Schoonover / ’16
Annotations: en verso: Bushkill
Exhibitions: 1916 WSFA; 1931 FES; 1962 FES; 1969 Delaware Arts Society; 1971 Brandywine Tradition (catalog); 1974 Albright-Knox; 1979 FES (catalog)
Comments: index; edit
Commentary: Reflecting on his trip to northern Canada in the summer of 1911, Schoonover chose a favorite subject, the Indian, for this serene moment with the solitary brave in his canoe, quietly gliding through the peaceful water. Perhaps the artist was projecting an experience from his trip when he wrote, “I watched the lake become moonlit and dreamed of how I would put it all on canvas – an Indian in a bark canoe, clear in the full brightness of the moon, in great and noble majesty.” (diaries) The artist chose an early morning mist instead of the moonlit night, but the pervading calm is felt.
Not painted as an illustration, the work was “entered…under the title ‘Solitudes’ in a special show and competition among Brandywine artists at the Wilmington Society of Fine Arts in 1916. A reviewer for the International Studio magazine, December 1916, cited this painting (earning second prize) as the strongest in the show. It was sold immediately to Wilmington mill owner Joseph Bancroft, whose family’s art collection was later to become the foundation of the Delaware Art Museum.” (Pyle, Wyeth, Dell and Reed, 60)
Provenance: Sold by artist to Joseph Bancroft, Wilmington, Delaware (December 1, 1916); Wilmington Society of the Fine Arts, Wilmington, Delaware; Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware; Schoonover Studios, Ltd., Wilmington, Delaware; Somerville Manning Gallery, Greenville, Delaware; Jack Dell; Christie’s, New York (November 29, 2000); Nathaniel Owings, Sante Fe, New Mexico [2000]; private collection
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