Aard, the Father of Beryl
FES Title: Aard the father of Beryl — vignette
Alternate Titles: Aard – Riverman of Rogue River; Aard Riverman
Date: 10/08/1929
Size: 18.75″H x 12″W
Medium: oil-on-canvas
Type: illustration
Published: Grey, Zane. “The Rustlers of Silver River.” Country Gentleman, February 1930: 27.
caption: Aard, a splendid type of mountaineer
Inscription: ll: Frank E. Schoonover / 1929
Comments: edit; index
Commentary: The artist writes in a letter to Mr. and Mrs. Richards on May 9, 1962:
“A word or two about the painting you purchased… The fellow Ard
[sic] was a real chap. He lived as a riverman, a trapper and some time as a guide for those who fished for the steel head trout that came from the ocean to the Rogue River of Oregon for spawning.
Ard was a product of the wild country. He loved the life of the forest and the fast running water. No city or even small village dweller was Ard. He loved his lone life. He knew the forest and streams and the ways of the trout that he smoked over a slow fire for his winters food. Ard was truly a man who lived with the big trees the big rocks and the rushing water.
Mrs. Richards and yourself, I hope will grow to like this fellow because his face tells the story that I am telling you.”
Provenance: Given by artist to the Clothes Line Sale, Wilmington, Delaware [1962]; Charles and Helen Richards, Wilmington, Delaware (May 3, 1962); private collection