|The Young and the Old of San Mihiel Greet Their Liberators
|FES Title:||Gen. Pershing – Petain and Secty. of War N.D. Baker in St. Mihiel – Sept. 13, 1918|
|Alternate Titles:||The Old and Young of San Mihiel Greet Their Liberators (1927, 2002); End In Sight
|Size:||30″H x 50″W|
|Published:|| “Souvenir Pictures of the Great War.” The Ladies Home Journal, January 1919: 19.
caption: The Young and the Old of San Mihiel Greet Their Liberators
Ianni, Francis A. World War One Remembered. Wilmington: Delaware Heritage Commission, 1993: 54.
Harrington, Peter. “Images of the Great War.” American History, December 1996: 34.
Harrington, Peter. “The Great War Paintings of Frank E. Schoonover.” Military Heritage, August 1999: 69.
Adventures in Art The Brandywine Artists: Masters of Storytelling through Illustration. Pensacola, FL: Pensacola Museum of Art, 2001: 18.
|Inscription:||lr: Frank E. Schoonover / 10-18|
|Annotations:||en verso on frame: 903|
|Exhibitions:||1927 Oshkosh; 1969 FES; 2001 Pensacola (catalog); 2002 HSD|
|Comments:||TP 2/28/02; index; edit; relined|
|Commentary:|| “St. Mihiel is one of the immortal names in American military annals. On September 13, 1918, American troops liberated the town. According to the artist, he used the following in order to paint the scene which he describes: ‘Civilian populations, consisting almost only of women and children and old men, because of forcible removal of practically every male of military age, welcomed Newton G. Baker, the American Secty. of War and Generals Pershing and Petain when they visited St. Mihiel a few hours after it was liberated. Aged women and young girls crowded about Secty. Baker to express thanks. A military band was brought up from the rear – the ‘Marsellaise’ was played…the houses in the drawing were taken from photographs of St. Mihiel. The American automobile (a Cadillac) was driven by American doughboys, of course.'” (Harrington, 68)
This image was made into a plywood interlocking jigsaw puzzle entitled “A Token of Friendship” by While Away Puzzles, West Haven, Connecticut. Schoonover used his son, Pat (aged 4) as one of the models for the children. For further commentary, see #886.
|Provenance:||Sold by the artist to Delaware National Guard (March 9, 1959)|