Upper Reaches of the Delaware
FES Title: Upper Reaches of the Delaware
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Date: 09/13/1952
Size: 24″H x 36″W
Medium: oil-canvas-board
Type: landscape
Inscription: lr: Frank E. Schoonover / B-1952
Exhibitions: 1952 Hotel duPont Fall
Comments: photograph in DAM archives; Information Requested: Antiques and the Arts Weekly. February 11, 2005: 40.
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Commentary: Schoonover’s label explains the composition: “‘The Upper Reaches of the Delaware’ was painted in the fall of this year – September 1952.
The rocks in the foreground were used in times past by the Lenni Lenape Indians for corn grinding. The water-worn holes provided fair mortars–Pestles have been found in this location as well as many arrowheads.
Pennsylvania borders the far bank of the river and one looks north past Dingman’s Ferry, Milford, Port Jervis to the Mountains of New York State.
Down River-about nine miles one comes by water highway to Shawnee-on-Delaware.”
An exhibition handout adds: “Mr. Schoonover, artist, teacher, critic and former pupil of Howard Pyle, is perhaps regarded as the foremost instructor of art in Delaware, where in his studio classes at 1616 Rodney Street he has instructed and inspired many an accomplished student.” (archives)
Provenance: Sold by the artist to Helen R. Rockwell, Boston, Massachusetts (February 24, 1953); not known