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[photo] The Black Butte, Shasta in the distance, from Sisson's, California
Photo credit: Early California and Western Art Research, 1990
Date: probably undated
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 20 x 30 in (51 x 76 cm)
Inscription: l/r "F Schafer", in the artist's block-letter hand
Verso: said to be titled
Provenance: In collection of George Valliere, San Mateo, California, by 1990; to his estate; with Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco 12 July 1990; with William J. B. Burger, Historical Americana, Pine Grove, California, February 1999.
Reproductions: 12 July 1990 sale catalog 4325P/P58, lot 2156; Early California and Western Art Research/Schafer slide #103 (color, 1990)
Site: Black Butte (elevation 6325 feet) is in California, about 10 miles west of Mount Shasta. Although the reported title suggests that the view is from Sisson's hotel, which was located at the corner of Old Stage Road and Hatchery Lane in the modern town of Mount Shasta City, California, from that viewpoint Black Butte and Mount Shasta would be much more widely separated. The actual viewpoint seems to be from a meadow about four miles west of the hotel.
Description: The front half of the scene is a wide, flat, green meadow with a stream flowing out of an evergreen forest, past three grazing horses (one white, one brown, one palomino), and winding toward the viewer. On the left beyond the valley, Black Butte rises darkly and abruptly to a great height; beyond the forest two successive ridges, the first beige, the second dark gray, rise gradually to the right. In the distance a snow-capped Mount Shasta, with Shastina on the left, dominates the entire scene. A snag lies in the river. (From a color photograph.)
Note: Mount Shasta [9] and Morning on Mount Shasta, from Strawberry Valley, California are very similar scenes of Black Butte and Mount Shasta, viewed from the same meadow. For a view of Mount Shasta from Sisson's hotel, see Sunset on Mount Shasta from Sissons, California (attributed).

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