Hopalong Takes Command

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Hopalong Takes Command, 1905, from “The Fight at Buckskin,” by Clarence Edward Mulford, in Outing Magazine, December 1905
Frank Earle Schoonover (1877-1972)
Oil on canvas, 30 x 20 inches
Delaware Art Museum, Bequest of Joseph Bancroft, 1942

In 1905, Schoonover was commissioned to make a couple of illustrations to accompany “The Fight at Buckskin.” The story features a bad-tempered, crusty cowboy called Hopalong Cassidy. The magazine sent Schoonover west to sketch and photograph cowboy life to prepare for the illustrations. This painting was based on a photo Schoonover colored and sent to the editor for approval. Despite the photographic source, Schoonover hired a model to pose in some of the Western gear he had acquired while out west.