Valley Forge
FES Title: “Valley Forge”
Alternate Titles: Sentry at Valley Forge
[1931]; Valley Forge (Baron Von Studen[sic] drilling troops — small figures middle distance) [1934]
Date: 09/1921
Size: 36.25″H x 30″W
Medium: oil-on-Students-canvas
Type: illustration
Published: Madison, Lucy Foster. Lafayette. Philadelphia: The Penn Publishing Company, 1921: 184.
caption: Under Washington’s direction the soldiers built log huts
Inscription: lr: F.E. Schoonover / ’21
Exhibitions: 1931 FES; 1934 Wesleyan
Comments: TP 5/22/02; form 10/7/04; index; edit 11/06; relined
Commentary: Schoonover sent the following idea as a possible illustration for Lafayette (The Penn Publishing Company). He wrote, “Would make this a central figure…Aids watching VonStuben who is drilling a few men. In the background are the huts and the field piece commanding a possible approach from the vicinity of Philadelphia. Valley Forge, as you well know, is a great mecca for Americans and this slant on the winter at the Forge has never been done except for this central figure that I show here. When I say has never been done, I mean this particular composition.” (archives) The published illustration shows that they accepted his ideas.
Provenance: Sold by artist to Frank W. Diver, Wilmington, Delaware: descended in family to private collection