(2164) Indian Pulling Bow

2164
Indian Pulling Bow
FES Title: Road Marker- / for H. Rodney Sharp / “Indian Pulling Bow”
Alternate Titles: Lenni
Date: 01/23/1937
Size: 114″H x 57″W
Medium: steel-frame-with-hammered-c
Type: sculpture
Published: “Reward Offered to Help Find Stolen Copper Indian.” Wilmington
[DE] Sunday News Journal, 30 September 1984: B4.
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, [1937]: 1,4.
caption: Red Man Beaten From Copper Heroic and realistic, this Indian, made in Wilmington out of beaten copper, is on exhibition in the Hotel DuPont. The creation of the statue represents the revival of a fifteenth century craft.

Inscription: [none visible]
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
Current Owner:
2016-11-14T10:36:37+00:00
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