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Then Goodman Scarlet Spoke, Staring Straight at Richard Swale
Date: 1929
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 28 x 40 in. (71.1 x 101.6 cm) frame: 31 5/8 × 43 5/8 in. (80.3 × 110.8 cm)
Illustration Citation: "The Best Must Always Go," by John P. Marquand, in The Saturday Evening Post, August 10, 1929
Credit Line: Gift of Ruth Koerner Oliver and William H. D. Koerner III, 1981
Object Number: 1981-57
About: Brought as a child from Germany to Iowa, Koerner began his career as a newspaper artist on the Chicago Tribune, then moving to New York City and later taking advanced study with Howard Pyle in Wilmington from 1907 to 1910. In this short story about class differences in the 17th-century Massachusetts Bay Colony, the wealthy Richard Swale (second from left) confronts his old enemy, tavern proprietor Goodman Scarlet (in apron) in a violent brawl. Scarlet warns Swale that their enmity must give way, as their grandchildren (at left) plan to marry.
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