Frederick Ferdinand Schafer Painting Catalog

6. Chronology of events in Schafer's life

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1839 Born, August 16, in Braunschweig, Germany.
c. 1860 Married Sophie Braun (1838-1924).
1867 Son Otto M. Schafer (1867-1911) born.
1871 Moved from Germany to the United States.
1873 May have traveled from New York City to San Francisco via Panama.
1876 October auction of paintings in San Francisco, the first documented appearance of Schafer in California.
1877 First (known) Yosemite Valley painting by the artist.
1879 Exhibited 4 paintings at 14th San Francisco Mechanics fair (August). There is a legend of an overland trip to the east coast, perhaps to meet his wife and son, who may have arrived in the U.S. that year, and escort them to San Francisco. A painting of Donner Lake, dated 1879, supports the legend. The first time he is listed as a resident in a local directory is in 1879 in Oakland, which is consistent with this legend.
1880 Exhibited 1 painting at San Francisco Art Association Spring exhibition(March). Exhibited 4 paintings at 15th San Francisco Mechanics fair (August).
1881 Auction of paintings in Sacramento (June) and San Francisco (October).
1882 Exhibited 2 paintings at 17th San Francisco Mechanics fair (August). Auctions of paintings in San Francisco (July, August, September) and in Sacramento (November). Daughter Eda Schafer (1882-1935) born.
1883 Exhibited 11 paintings at 18th San Francisco Mechanics Fair (August). Auction of paintings in San Francisco (November). From titles of paintings, probably traveled to Washington state sometime before.
1884 Naturalized as a U.S. citizen. Auction sale in San Jose, California (May). Traveled, probably by railroad, from San Francisco to Portland and then along the Columbia River during the summer, and may also have visited Salt Lake City. Exhibited 30 paintings at 19th San Francisco Mechanics Fair (September). Several auctions of at least 65 paintings in San Francisco (September and November).
1885 Travel to Portland, Oregon, exhibited one painting at Mechanics Fair, Portland (October). An (1891) newspaper account suggests he also visited Victoria, British Columbia sometime this year. Auction of paintings in San Francisco (November/December).
1886 Travel to Los Angeles (late January) to paint and sell paintings at auction. Travel to Salt Lake City (May). Travel to Portland, Oregon, exhibited one painting at Mechanics Fair, Portland (October). Travel again to Los Angeles (December) to sell paintings at auction.
1887 Auctions of paintings in Los Angeles (February), San Jose, California (March) and Sacramento, California (April). The 1887 date on Colquitz Creek near Victoria, British Columbia suggests possible summer travel to Victoria, British Columbia. Auction of paintings in San Francisco (November) and in Los Angeles (December).
1888 Multiple artist auction in San Francisco (June). Summer visit to Chicago, Illinois, and Denver, Colorado, for exhibitions and sales of paintings.
1889 Auction in San Francisco (June). Dates on paintings imply travel to Idaho, Alaska, and Colorado.
1890 Travel to Seattle, Washington (May) and Portland, Oregon (September) with exhibit at Mechanics Exhibition. Travel to Ogden, Utah (November).
1891 Travel to Vancouver, British Columbia, with auction of paintings there (September). Travel to Salt Lake City with sale of paintings (December).
1892 Travel to Portland, Oregon, to exhibit paintings (August).
1894 Exhibited two paintings at California State Agricultural Fair, Sacramento.
1895 Auction sale of 40 paintings in Portland, Oregon, perhaps accompanied by a visit there (August).
1896 Completion of murals in Masonic Temple, Alameda, California (April).
1906 Grandson Frederick Otto Hughes (1906-1982) born July 3 to daughter Eda Schafer Hughes in Oakland, California.
1911 Last dated painting that has emerged so far. Son Otto M. Schafer died of tuberculosis on December 20, at age 44 years, in Oakland, California.
1914 Preparation of [La Grange Dam] (provisional title) for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco.
1917 Auction including Schafer's paintings in San Francisco (October).
1921 Schafer gives box of casts to the University of California at Berkeley.
1924 Wife Sophie Braun Schafer died on June 30, at age 85 years, in Oakland, California.
1927 Frederick Ferdinand Schafer died on July 18, at age of 87 years, in Oakland, California.
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