Getting Ready to Go Up
FES Title: Getting ready to go up – aviator drawing on gloves
Alternate Titles: “The Landing After a Day’s Work”
[1992]; Contact [2008]
Date: 02/18/1918
Size: 36″H x 27″W
Medium: oil-on-canvas
Type: illustration
Published: “Our War Eagles.” Red Cross Magazine, July 1918: 17.
caption: “Contact” Here’s a two-man American plane in France – just about to start. The mechanician reverses the propeller until the engine takes hold. It requires five or more “ground men” to care for one plane

Barron, Elwyn A. Deeds of Heroism and Bravery. New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1920: dust jacket.
no caption

Ianni, Francis A. World War One Remembered. Wilmington: Delaware Heritage Commission, 1993: 60.
caption: Contact

Inscription: lr: Frank E Schoonover / ’18
Annotations: en verso in black paint: no. 841 / Feb – 1918 / Painted by / Frank E. Schoonover
en verso on original label on upper stretcher: Feb 1918 No. 841 / Painting originally made for / Red Cross Mag. / New York Curtis Plant / The Landing after days work
Exhibitions: 2008 DAM
Comments: NT 4×5 [3]; index; edit
Commentary: Although the verso of the painting says “841,” the subject matter matches Schoonover’s day book description for #842. It is thought that he made a mistake when labeling these two paintings.
Provenance: Sold by artist to Leonard L. Beans, Jr. (July 23, 1959); American Illustrators Gallery, New York; Schoonover Studios, Ltd., Wilmington, Delaware [1992]; Sotheby’s, New York (March 17, 1994); Thomas Brown, Naples, Florida [1994]; private collection [2008]