Capture of the Galleon
FES Title: Capture of the Galleon
Alternate Titles:
Date: 07/09/1934
Size: 66.75″H x 108.5″W
Medium: oil-Belgian-Linen
Type: subject painting
Published: Schoonover, Cortlandt. Frank Schoonover, Illustrator of the North American Frontier, New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 1976: 192-193.
caption: Capture of the Galleon

“Sketch Book…featuring the work of outstanding Delaware artists.” Dateline Delaware, September-October, 1960: 27.
caption: This 5’6″ x 9’11” painting was done for Irenee Du Pont. It is part of the collection in Mr. du Pont’s Cardmas, Cuba home, “Xanadu”.

Inscription: lr: Frank E. Schoonover / 1934
Comments: index; edit
“Special Belgian Linen Canvas Sample filed under Fredrix of New York”
[daybook] Taken from studio 7-9-1934 [daybook]

Commentary: In a letter to Schoonover on March 24, 1931, Mr. Irénée du Pont wrote: “I have considerable wall space on the south side of the Living Room of my house in Cuba which should have a large picture hung on it. I think it would be particularly appropriate were this picture to represent a sea fight involving Spanish Galleons or Pirates because the site of the house was an old rendezvous for Pirates two hundred years ago…I imagine the size of the painting would be 5 x 8 feet.” In fact, the painting turned out to be slightly larger.
For a sketch, see #2001s. See #1886 for a watercolor rendering of the home and #2000 for further commentary.
See related photograph by Schoonover of the painting while in Schoonover’s studio on Rodney Street. (#2001p)
Provenance: Commissioned by Irénée duPont, Wilmington, Delaware [1934]; appropriated by the Cuban Government [1959]