(1864) He Was a Good Wrestler as He Was a Good Swordsman

He Was a Good Wrestler as He Was a Good Swordsman
FES Title: Chap. 14. Page – 131. He was a good wrestler as he was a good swordsman – but presently I threw him.
Alternate Titles: He Was a Good Wrestler
Date: 07/1931
Size: 32.25″H x 24.25″W
Medium: oil-on-canvas
Type: Illustration
Published: Johnston, Mary. To Have and To Hold. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1931: facing 108.
caption: He was a good wrestler as he was a good swordsman

Brandywine River Museum. Catalogue of the Collection 1969-89. Chadds Ford, PA: Brandywine Conservancy, 1991: 173. [not pictured]

Inscription: ll: F.E. Schoonover / ’31
Annotations: en verso: To Have / and To Hold 1864
en verso typed on label attached to original stretcher: “Drawn for / No. 1864 / “Too Have And To Hold” / From Chap. 14 page 108 / He was as good wrestler as he was a good swordsman, but with the bitter anger in my heart and a vision of the haunted wood before my eyes, I think I could have wrestled with Hercules and won.”
en verso: “Property of Houghton Mifflin”
Exhibitions: 1979 Artists of the Brandywine
Comments: Auction of [FES] Estate 1971 New Century Club
#74.5, Trany 10/13/04; index; edit
Provenance: Auction of artist’s Estate, New Century Club, Wilmington, Delaware [1971]; S. Martha DeBartolomeis, Wilmington, Delaware [1971]; Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, Gift of the Estate of S. Martha DeBartolomeis [1974]


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