Morning Light on the River Birches
FES Title:   Morning light on River Birches
Alternate Titles:   River Birches
[1954]; Morning Light on the Birches [1962]; Bushkill Landing [2000]; Morning Light
Date:   09/15/1953
Size:   22″H x 26″W
Medium:   oil-on-canvas
Type:   landscape
Published:   Smith, Louise Schoonover. “The Art of Frank E. Schoonover.” Illustration, July 2003: 43.
caption: “Morning Light, Upper Landing, Bushkill, PA,” 1953. Oil on canvas, 22″ x 26″. Daybook #2471. Private collection.
Inscription:   lr: Frank E. Schoonover / B – 1953
Annotations:   en verso: Morning Light 2471 / Upper Landing Bushkill Pa. / Frank E. Schoonover / Sep. 14 to 19 22×26
Exhibitions:   1953 WSFA; 1954 Buck Hill; 1962 FES; 2000 Biggs
Comments:   TP 10/24/02; form 10/13/04; index; edit
Commentary:   Schoonover painted five versions of this tranquil scene along the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River near Bushkill. At this spot down the hill from Bushkill, the rough dirt roadway led down to the landing where the river was shallow and rocky, precluding the use of larger boats. The Schoonovers had a rowboat and a canoe, both of which they launched here. The mountain seen across the river is known as ‘The Barrier Mountain.’ (archives)
The others in the series are #’s 2473, 2481s, 2481, and 2489.
Provenance:   Sold by the artist to Frank F. Pierson, Jr. (April 7, 1965); Schoonover Studios, Ltd., Wilmington, Delaware; Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Keith Hamilton; Hartzell’s Auction Gallery, Inc., Lot 15 (November 5, 2011)
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