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[photo] On Napa Creek, California

Date: Undated
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: Estimated 24 x 36 inches (61 x 91 cm)
Inscription: Unsigned.
Verso: Titled l/r "On Napa Creek California." in the artist's characteristic block-printing hand. Numbered u/r "72" in chalk in an unknown hand.
Provenance: In private collection, Salt Lake City, Utah; by descent in the family to private collection, Denver, Colorado.
Attribution: Since the painting is unsigned, attribution is a matter of judgment. The overall composition, treatment of clouds, illumination, botanically accurate trees, dilapidated fence, foreground wildflowers, cows, sailboat, and debris are all typical of Schafer's pastoral scenes. The block-printed verso inscription in the artist's characteristic hand confirms the attribution.
Site: Although the title names Napa Creek, that creek is much smaller than the depicted river. It is more likely that the painting is of the Napa River.
Note: A painting with the title Napa Creek was offered as lot 171 on page 10 of the catalog of a 17 November 1885 auction in San Francisco but there is not enough information in that catalog to either include or exclude the possibility that it is this painting.
Identification: Title from the artist's verso inscription.

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