Exhibit: The Book and Magazine Illustration of Frank E. Schoonover
Skillman’s spring exhibit in the Simon Room highlights the prolific career of one of America’s pre-eminent book illustrators—Frank E. Schoonover (1877-1972). At work for more than six decades, he produced more than 2500 works of art, most of which were published in popular books and magazines of the day. As master of realistic depiction with a love of the great outdoors, he is perhaps best known for his portrayals of cowboys, Native Americans, Canadian trappers, and pirates, but his vast body of work also includes the illustration of literary classics, early science fiction, and investigative journalism.
The exhibit, which includes books and magazines, as well as original artworks by Schoonover, will be on view through June 9. Skillman Library is indebted to John Schoonover, grandson of the artist, for making possible the loans of books and artworks from the Schoonover Studios and from private collections, including those of Louise Schoonover Smith and Mr. and Mrs. Andrew McGrellis.