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[photo] [Distant snowcapped mountains]
Photo credit: William K. Dick, 1972
Date: 1881
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 30 x 20 in (76 x 51 cm)
Inscription: l/l "F. Schafer/1881", in the artist's block-letter hand, in red
Provenance: With Old Timer Gallery, Burlingame, California, in 1969; to private collection, San Francisco; with Carlson Gallery, San Francisco, in 1983. With Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, 25 July 1986. With Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, 26 August 1987.
Reproductions: William K. Dick photo #135 (color, 1972); 25 July 1986 sale catalog 3690P, lot 4230
Citations: 26 August 1987 sale catalog 3811P/P16, lot 4103
Description: A snow-covered stratovolcano (Possibly Mount Rainier or Mount Hood from the Western side) stands in the center above a river valley; a dark cloud hangs in the upper left corner. The river valley is wide and flat with the beige-banked blue river on the right edge and green meadow filling the remainder. Above and beyond the river on the right, a rugged brown cliff rises high enough to catch the sun on its top; in the distance on the left a similar-sized hill is greenish. The lower left triangle is a nearby rocky cliff topped with two small conifers silhouetted against the sky. Near the left edge is a sunlit collection of rocks among which are sprawled two dead branches; the rest of the foreground is in shadow. The river reflects the color of the dark cliff in its farther reaches, and the white mountain as it gets nearer. (From a color photograph.)
Identification: Descriptive title of unknown origin, from the 1986 and 1987 sale catalogs. The 26 August 87 Bonhams & Butterfields sale is probably of the same painting, given the failure of the first sale and that the titles, the size, and the recto inscription contents, position, and date all match.

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