The Blue Dress
FES Title:
Alternate Titles: Female Portrait
Date: 12/1899
Size: 36″H x 16″W
Medium: oil-on-canvas
Type: student painting
Published: Schoonover, Cortlandt. Frank Schoonover, Illustrator of the North American Frontier. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 1976: 17.
caption: Female Portrait

Drexel University Museum. Frank E. Schoonover at Drexel: Illustration and the Academic Tradition 1892-1903. Philadelphia: Drexel University, 1986: 38.
caption: 31. Female Portrait

The Sewell C. Biggs Collection of American Art: A Catalogue. Dover, DE: Biggs Museum of American Art, 2002: 399.
caption: Lady in Blue Dress, 1899

Inscription: en verso: Frank E. Schoonover / ‘Dec. 1899: Student Painting / Dec. 1899 / SP007
Annotations: [see inscription]
Exhibitions: 1986 FES Drexel (catalog)
Comments: TP image from Biggs Museum; index; edit
Commentary: “The portrait of this figure emerges wraith-like from the somber, muted background. Schoonover effectively paints the translucent shawl covering the figure’s shoulders, indicating a mastery of glazing technique not previously evident…and the artist has made a more successful attempt at chiaroscuro.” (Drexel University Museum, 38)
Provenance: Sold by the artist to Sewell C. Biggs, Middletown, Delaware; Sewell C. Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover, Delaware