(sw001) A Lesson in Perspective

A Lesson in Perspective
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Date: 1893
Size: 8.25″H x 11″W
Type:student picture
Published: Schoonover, Cortlandt. Frank Schoonover, Illustrator of the North American Frontier. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 1976: 16.
caption: A Lesson in Perspective
Inscription: lr: S ’93
Annotations: en verso on label: summer of Bushkill Homestead / Pen drawing- made — 1893 / At Bushkill – Pike Co. Pa / 17 years of age / No previous instruction – except perspective / from Father- Col. John Schoonoover / Used notched pencil- with string and knots /
[drawing of notched pencil with knotted string]
Comments: TP 3/31/06; index; edit
Commentary: In this drawing, Schoonover demonstrates perspective as taught to him by his father, Col. John Schoonover. “My father gave me a real bit of help with the perspective business. It was quite wonderful. The vanishing point was an established affair after we rigged up a pencil and notches and string. One end of the string was held in my mouth, so that there was always the same distance from pencil to eye.” (archives, letter to Muriel Fuller, April 14, 1958)
Provenance: Private collection
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