A painting by American illustrator Frank Schoonover is now on display at the Delaware Art Museum. On January 6, a Delaware native and his painting by famed American illustrator Frank Schoonover were featured on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow, which was filmed at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library last year.
The owner’s family purchased the painting directly from the famed artist for $300 in June 1960. During the Antiques Roadshow segment, the owner described his father’s love of illustrated books, and how his mother saved for two years to purchase a work from Schoonover’s Rodney Street studio in Wilmington, Delaware. He was then told his beloved family painting was now worth approximately $125,000.
The painting, originally published with the caption “At a Hail from the Boat He Went to the Rail,” is an illustration from the 1923 book Privateers of ’76, a tale of Massachusetts boy Stephen Claghorn and his adventures at sea during the American Revolution. The painting pictures the moment toward the end of the story when Claghorn, alone and adrift aboard a derelict ship, is rescued, improbably, by his Salem schoolmaster. The Delaware Art Museum is thrilled to announce that it will display the painting in its American illustration gallery for the next six months.