Trapper With Christmas Tree



FES Title: Trapper seated on tobaggan. / Small Christmas tree on it
Alternate Titles: “The Christmas Mail”


[1972]; With the Christmas Mail [1977]

Date: 09/09/1923
Size: 31″H x 23″W
Medium: oil-on-English-LinSP-can
Type: illustration
Published: The Popular Magazine, December 1923: cover.
no captionSchoonover, Frank E. The Edge of the Wilderness, edited by Cortlandt Schoonover. Toronto: Methuen, 1974: 26.
caption: Trapper With Christmas TreeSchoonover, Cortlandt. Frank Schoonover, Illustrator of the North American Frontier. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 1976: 102.
caption: Trapper With Christmas TreeKent, Deborah. America the Beautiful: Delaware. Chicago: Childrens Press, 1991: 87.
caption: Frank Schoonover’s Trapper with Christmas TreeErmoyan, Arpi. Famous American Illustrators. London: Quantum Publishing Ltd., 1997: 200.
caption: Trapper With Christmas TreeSmith, Louise Schoonover. “The Art of Frank E. Schoonover.” Illustration, July 2003: 29.
caption: “Trapper with Tree,” 1923. Oil on canvas, 36″ x 25″. Daybook #1264. Private collection.
Inscription: lr: F.E. Schoonover / ’23
Exhibitions: 1972 FES; 1972 95th Birthday; 1977 FES; 1980 Lancaster
Comments: TP 3/01; non-trany 4×5; index; edit; relined – verso not accessible
Commentary: “Trapper With Christmas Tree” is not the title written in the day book entry, but is the one by which the work is best known. The tobaggan featured in this painting was brought back from Canada by the artist and is among the ephemera in his studio in Wilmington, Delaware.
The image was used in color on the Schoonovers’ Christmas card in 1923.
Provenance: Artist; Helen L. Card, Latentdorf Bookshop, New York (as of March 4, 1961); The Chester Marron Collection, Christiana, Pennsylvania (1972 exhibition); private collection