|The Gray Man of Christ|
|FES Title:||The Gray Man of Christ –|
|Alternate Titles:||The Gray Man of Christ – General Foch in Church|
|Size:||44″H x 31″W|
|Published:|| “Souvenir Pictures of the Great War.” The Ladies Home Journal, April 1919: 9.|
caption: The Gray Man of Christ
A Catholic History of the United States. England: The MacMillan Company, 1926.
Brandywine River Museum. Catalogue of the Collection 1969-89. Chadds Ford, PA: Brandywine Conservancy, 1991: 173 [not pictured].
|Inscription:||lr: F.E. Schoonover / ’19|
|Annotations:|| en verso on paper attached to stretcher: Frank E. Schoonover / 1616 Rodney Street / Wilmin Del. / The GREY MAN of CHRIST / Painted December 1918 for the Ladies / Home Journal and published in color / in the April issue of that magazine –1919|
#84.24; TP 10/13/04; index; edit
On paper detached from painting [typed]: ‘This original painting 906 [number in red pencil] “The Gray Man of Christ”/ was sold to Donaldson Brown on June 5th 1919 / ODEE / The picture was made for the Home Journal original 31×44 / (On single prime linen) / Started Dec 17 1918 and finished / Jan 7 1919 and send to Philada / that day.’
|Commentary:|| Backed by the intricately designed stained glass windows and surrounded by the richly colored mosaic floor and walls, the devout “French Marshal Foch kneels before a rail in a church while a wounded American soldier, arm in sling, looks on reverently.” (Harrington, 69)|
The painting was begun in December, 1918 and finished in January 1919, taking 17 days of work. For further commentary, see #886.
|Provenance:||Sold by the artist to Donaldson Brown (June 5, 1918); inherited by Mrs. Rodney Layton, Wilmington, Delaware; Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Gift of Mrs. Rodney Layton |