As Darkness Settled Over the North Country
FES Title: As darkness settled over the north country, a little fire twinkled in the bush, and the odor of sizzling bacon & liver permeated the cozy camp
Alternate Titles: As Darkness Settled
Date: 01/11/1921
Size: 40″H x 28″W
Medium: oil-on-Students-canvas
Type: illustration
Published: Hendryx, James B. “The Trail in the Snow.” The American Boy, March 1921: 11.
caption: As Darkness Settled Over the North Country, a Little Fire Twinkled in the Bush, and the Odor of Sizzling Bacon and Frying Liver Permeated the Cozy Camp.

Hendryx, James B. Connie Morgan in the Fur Country. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1921: cover, 182.
caption: “As darkness settled over the North Country, a little fire twinkled in the bush, and the odor of sizzling bacon and frying liver permeated the cozy camp.”

Schoonover, Frank E. The Edge of the Wilderness, edited by Cortlandt Schoonover. Toronto: Methuen, 1974: 63.
caption: As Darkness Closed over the North Country

Brandywine River Museum. Frank E. Schoonover, Illustrator. Chadds Ford, PA: Brandywine River Museum, 1979: 339, 44.
caption: As Darkness Settled Over the North Country

Inscription: lm: Frank E. Schoonover / ’21
Annotations: en verso on liner on Brandywine River Museum label: FES Illustrator / 9/7 -11/18, 1979 / As Darkness Settled Over the North Country / o/canvas 1920 / DAM Long term loan from / [private collection]
Exhibitions: 1969 FES; 1977 FES; 1979 Artists of the Brandywine; 1979 FES (catalog)
Comments: TP 1/15/02; form 2/24/03; NT 4×5[4]; index edit
Commentary: In discussing this day book number, Schoonover wrote: “About a year ago when I reached 940, I began to wonder what sort of a picture I would be painting for the thousandth. Now there isn’t anything magic about that number 1,000, but it sort of marks a long period of work – kind of a monument that one erects for himself…I wanted that thousandth picture to be one of the open, an out-of-doors illustration – perhaps something of Canada…but when number 995 came and then number 999, I realized that I was so busy there just wasn’t time to stop and make a special 1,000th one, so I let the picture…come as it happened to in natural progression. So it was that Connie and ‘Merican Joe drew the big round number. And it was very fortunate…for I painted my own Canadian Wood life into the illustration…I had real fun painting this picture…The camp you see in the illustration is just the same sort of a ‘one night home’ I have made many times in the far northland.” (Schoonover, Frank E. “Bringing the Outdoors In”, The American Boy, March 1921:10)
Provenance: Sold by the artist to Mrs. Willard Springer, Wilmington, Delaware (1969 exhibition); private collection (prior to 1979)