Drifting Down the Mississippi – Lincoln and Friend on Flat Boat
FES Title: Drifting down Mississippi – Lincoln + friend on flat boat
Alternate Titles: Abe and His Crew Made a Quick Voyage Down the Broad Mississippi
[1931]; Young Abe Lincoln on the Mississippi [2001]
Date: 04/04/1928
Size: 36″H x 30.25″W
Medium: oil-on-canvas
Type: illustration
Published: Madison, Lucy Foster. Lincoln. Philadelphia: The Penn Publishing Company, 1928: facing 120.
caption: Abe and His Crew Made a Quick Voyage Down the Broad Mississippi

______. New York: The Hampton Publishing Company, 1928: facing 120.
caption: [same as above]

Donna Lawrence Productions, and New Salem Lincoln League. Turning Point Lincoln’s New Salem. Louisville, KY: Donna Lawrence Productions Inc, 1992.

Inscription: ll: Frank E. Schoonover / ’28
Annotations: en verso on stretcher: 1632
en verso on label on stretcher: painting for Lincoln Chapter 23 / Debate between Lincoln and Douglas / [ ] is held in the open
Exhibitions: 1931 FES; 2001 HSD
Comments: tp 2/26/03; form 2/28/03; index; edit
Commentary: The first version of this illustration, #1625, was not published. A.N. Wyeth (grandson of N.C. Wyeth) describes what happened to it in a letter. He explains that J. Edgar Rhoads made a visit to Frank Schoonover’s studio. They discussed Schoonover’s illustration of an early 19th century keelboat sailing on the Ohio River.
Wyeth writes, “Rhoads, who had traveled and seen something of the eastern U.S., looked at the picture and said, ‘That’s not the Ohio River! That’s the Brandywine [River in Wilmington, Delaware]!’
Schoonover said nothing, but looked very chagrined. Not long afterward, he contacted Rhoads again: ‘You were right. That was the Brandywine!’ He had destroyed the painting and completely re-done the subject – and now it was the Ohio.”
Provenance: Sold by artist to Wilmington Trust Company, Wilmington, Delaware (June 17, 1942)