|Camp Site on Oregon Trail
|FES Title:||DuPont Safety Division – “Camp on Oregon Trail”|
|Size:||32″H x 41″W|
|Published:|| du Pont Safety Calendar. Wilmington, DE: E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co., Inc., 1941: May.
caption: Camp Site on the Oregon Trail, 1840
The Historical and Art Significance of the Twelve Paintings Selected for the du Pont Safety Calendar of 1941. Wilmington, DE: E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co., Inc., 1940 n.p.
Schoonover, Cortlandt. Frank Schoonover, Illustrator of the North American Frontier, New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 1976: 50-51.
Tuska, Jon, ed. The American West in Fiction. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1982: cover.
|Inscription:||ll: Frank E. Schoonover / ’40|
|Annotations:||en verso: 2260 Aug 1940 Bushkill PA / The Oregon Trail 1843|
|Comments:||TP 2/28/02; form 2/4/03; index;|
|Commentary:|| “With four horses to each wagon [the pioneers] could travel about twenty-five miles a day…As each stop was made,, the wagons were drawn up in a circle with an opening toward a river or spring…The bright fires kept away the wolves and the boy in the picture, orphaned on the journey, defied their hungry howling with banjo strumming.” (The Historical and Art Significance of the Twelve Paintings Selected for the du Pont Safety Calendar of 1941)
Schoonover was chosen as one of the Delaware artists to be featured in the 1941 du Pont Safety Calendar. For his theme, the artist decided to use his illustration #2126. Mr. Shepherd of Rogers-Kellogg-Stillson, Inc., must have concurred with the plan. He wrote to Schoonover on August 1, 1940, “…we understand that you are making some revision on your painting “The Oregon Trail” for its use in the 1941 du Pont calendar.” While the two paintings look very much alike, there are important differences. (day books, archives, correspondence)
|Provenance:||Commissioned by E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, Wilmington, Delaware; sold by artist to Mr. Harry Lynch, Wilmington, Delaware; Lynch Family Collection|