Frederick Coffay Yohn
I Want You to Promise Me Not to Shoot" (The Heart of the Hills)

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An original signed painting for the illustration in the book by John Fox, Jr, "The Heart of the Hills", page 127, published by Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1913. An original signed oil on canvas painting by American artist Frederick Coffay Yohn (1875-1933) titled "I Want You to Promise Me Not to Shoot" (The Heart of the Hills)", 1913. Hand signed by Yohn lower left. This painting was executed for John Fox Jr.'s "The Heart of the Hills". First published in 1913, The Heart of the Hills is the last novel completed by John Fox Jr. and the final piece in his mountain trilogy. This companion to The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come and The Trail of the Lonesome Pine is crucial to an understanding of Fox's views.

There is great detail of the two riders with a distant mansion in background beyond a large iron entrance gate. Canvas size: 20" x 30". Framed with linen liner: 24" x 34". a well listed and respected American illustrator/artist from the turn of the Century.

Frederick Coffay Yohn (February 8, 1875 – June 6, 1933), often recognized only by his initials, F. C. Yohn, was an artist and magazine illustrator. Yohn's work appeared in publications including Scribner's Magazine, Harper's Magazine, and Collier's Weekly. Books he illustrated included Jack London's A Daughter of the Snows, Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Dawn of a To-morrow and Henry Cabot Lodge's Story of the American Revolution. He studied at the Indianapolis Art School during his first student year and then studied at the Art Students League of New York under Henry Siddons Mowbray (1858-1928). Mowbray studied at the Atelier of Léon Bonnat in Paris. Yohn often specialized in historical military themes, especially of the American Revolution, as well as the First World War. He designed the 2 cent US Postal Service stamp in 1929 to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of George Rogers Clark's Victory over the British at Sackville. He is best known for his painting of George Washington at Valley Forge.
Frederick Coffay Yohn (1875-1933, Amerocan)
Creation Year
Cotton Canvas
Oil Paint
Movement & Style
American Realist
24 in. H x 34 in. W
Dealer Location
Charlottesville, VA
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Graves International Art
306 E Jefferson St.
Charlottesville VA 22902
(434) 736-5723
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