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Frank Schoonover

by Dr. Lori Verderame
Frank Schoonover
New Jersey born illustrator, Frank Schoonover (American, 1877-1972) was a prolific painter and draftsman affiliated with the Brandywine School. During the mature period of his career, Schoonover was most closely affiliated with the artists of Wilmington, Delaware and fellow artists N.C. Wyeth, Harvey Dunn, and Clifford Ashley.

Schoonover illustrated some of the most important works of literature of the early 1900s such as A Princess of Mars, Robinson Crusoe, Questers of the Desert, Kidnapped, and Hopalong Cassidy.

Frank Schoonover was a preeminent artist active during the Golden Age of Illustration (1880-1940). He illustrated more than 140 books including classics of children’s literature, adventure texts, fiction and non-fiction. His works were featured in Ladies Home Journal and other publications of the period. 

In 1931, Schoonover established the School of Illustration in Indianapolis, IN. Later, Schoonover moved to Wilmington, DE and opened the Schoonover Studios located at 1616 North Rodney Street in Wilmington. This was the location where Schoonover offered both children and adults the opportunity to study with the master from 1942 until his death in 1972. 
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