|Indian Pulling Bow
|FES Title:||Road Marker- / for H. Rodney Sharp / “Indian Pulling Bow”|
|Size:||114″H x 57″W|
|Published:|| “Reward Offered to Help Find Stolen Copper Indian.” Wilmington
caption: The 7-foot tall copper Indian created by Frank E. Schoonover.
“Almost Forgotten Art Used To Fashion Statue of Indian.” Wilmington [DE] News Journal, : 1,4.
|Annotations:|| Size: 99″ top of bow to base; 87.5 top of feathers to base; 57″ tip of bow to tip of elbow; base 48″ by 20″ concrete slab
in person 5/10/06
made originally to be a road marker for H. Rodney Sharp
9’6″ tall and 4′ 9″ wide
The press called the statue ‘a monument to the [Lenni-Lenapi] tribes that once roamed the Maryland] peninsula [along the Bohemia River].’
|Exhibitions:||1937 Hotel duPont|
|Comments:|| digitized in person 5/10/06; index
|Commentary:|| Schoonover was commissioned to design his only sculpture, an Indian road marker, for a country estate. At the Victor & Shields, Inc. metal workshop, Victor Kozlowski, master metal craftsman constructed the statue.
From June 19th- 23rd, Schoonover notes in his daybook that he spent time at ‘Victor and Shields = Putting on color and varnish./Rubbing down varnish and applying wax-‘
After Schoonover completed the finish work on the copper covering, the imposing Indian was on exhibition at the Hotel DuPont before being taken to the estate and used as a garden decoration.
On September 3, 1984, the statue was stolen, but later recovered. Damage to leg and other areas was subsequently repaired.
|Provenance:||Artist comissioned by private collection; descended in family to private collection|