Pirates Coming Through Charleston
FES Title: Pirates coming through Charleston
Alternate Titles: The Buccaneers
[1923]; Charlestown [sic] 1760 [1925]; Blackbeard’s Buccaneers (1979, 1980); Blackbeard Buccaneer (1926, 2001)
Date: 01/02/1922
Size: 36″H x 30″W
Medium: oil_single-prime-canvas
Type: illustration
Published: Paine, Ralph D. “Blackbeard the Buccaneer.” The American Boy, March 1922: 6.
caption: “They Were Well Armed, Every Weapon Burnished Clean of Rust and Ready for Instant Use.”

Paine, Ralph D. Blackbeard Buccaneer. Philadelphia: The Penn Publishing Company, 1922: frontispiece.
caption: This lean straight rover looked the part of a competent soldier

Brandywine River Museum. Frank E. Schoonover, Illustrator. Chadds Ford, PA: Brandywine River Museum, 1979: 44.
caption: Blackbeard’s Buccaneers

Cordingly, David, ed. Pirates: Terror on the High Seas from the Caribbean to the South China Sea. Atlanta: Turner Publishing Inc., 1996: 113.
caption: This evocative picture– entitled This, Lean Straight Rover Looked the Part of a Competent Soldier–was painted by Frank Schoonover and shows Blackbeard’s men marching through Charleston, South Carolina. The most remarkable feat in Blackbeard’s pirate career was his blockade of Charleston in 1718. He sailed into the harbor with a warship and three smaller vessels and held the town to ransom. Tired of his depredations, Governor Spotswood sent two Royal Navy vessels into Ocracoke Inlet to put an end to his activities.

Markham, Monte, Rosanne Ehrlich, and Lee Fulkerson. The Pirate Ships. The Great Ships. New York: A & E Home Video, 1997.

Peltier, Melissa Jo, Jim Milo, Patrick Tull, and MPH Entertainment. Blackbeard’s Reign of Terror. Sea Tales. New York: A & E Home Video, 1997.

History Channel, Arts and Entertainment Network, New Video Group, and A & E Home Video. The Real Robinson Crusoe. In Search of History. New York: A & E Home Video, 1998.

McWilliams, K.J. The Diary of a Slave Girl, Ruby Jo. New York: 1st Books Library, 2001: 119.
caption: “Blackbeard’s Men Marching Through Charleston”

Le Bris, Michel, and Virginie Serna. Pirates & Flibustiers des Caraibes. Paris: Hoebeke, 2001: 199.
caption: Frank Schoonover: Buccaneers

Nelson, James L. The Pirate Round. New York: Harper Paperbacks, 2003: cover.
no caption

Inscription: ll: F.E. Schoonover / ’22
Annotations: en verso on stretcher: 1462
en verso on paper label on frame: Maxwell Galleries 552 Sutter st San Francisco
Inv #: P-0076
en verso on paper label: American Illustrators Gallery / 18 E. 77 Street. “Pirates Coming Through Charleston” / Midwestern Galleries Inc. Cincinatti OH. 1979
Exhibitions: 1923 WSFA; 1925 Washington; 1926 AFA; 1979 Montrose; 1979 FES (catalog); 1980 Lancaster; 1988 Millport (title unverified); 2001 FES
Comments: relined; TP 10/12/05; jpeg from e-mail; index; edit 11/05
Provenance: Montrose Galleries, Bethesda, Maryland [1979]; Midwestern Galleries, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio (advertisement 1976, exhibition 1979); American Illustrators Gallery, New York; Robert Wohlsen, Millport Conservancy (exhibit 2001); private collection [2006]