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[photo] Indians on Puget sound, near Port Townsend, W.T.
Photo credit: Braarud Fine Art, LaConner, Washington, 2010
Date: undated, probably by 1889 (see Note 1 below)
Medium: oil on canvas, lined
Size: 20 x 36 in (51 x 91 cm)
Inscription: l/l "F Schafer", in the artist's block-letter hand
Verso: said to be "Indians on Puget Sound/near Port Townsend/W.T."
Provenance: With Sotheby's, Los Angeles, 16 March 1981. In private collection, Arizona; with Bonhams & Butterfields, Los Angeles, 3 August 2009; with Braarud Fine Art, LaConner, Washington; to private collection, Seattle, Washington.
Reproductions: 16 March 1981 sale catalog 299, lot 225; 3 August 2009 sale catalog 17326, lot 6; dealer photograph
Citations: Inventory of American Paintings… record 63000784
Description: Puget sound is on the lower right, with small waves lapping against a beach below a steep bank. On the beach are three pointed canoes, a campfire, and several figures. Atop the bank on the left three white tents are surrounded with figures. In the background, a conifer forest. Very light sky, with darker clounds to right. An Indian walks down the bank on a ramp from the left. (From a monochrome photograph.)
Note: 1. The letters "W.T." at the end of the title inscription appear to be an abbreviation for "Washington Territory". The Washington Territory existed from 1853 until Washington became a state in November 1889, so it is likely that the painting was created by 1889, perhaps on one of Schafer's several visits to the area between 1885 and 1889. 2. The provenance given in Bonhams & Butterfields is ambiguous as to whether the Arizona collector acquired the painting at the March 1981 Sotheby's sale. 3. This painting is one of a series of Pacific northwest coast and Victoria, British Columbia, all of which depict the same tents and ocean-going dugout canoes.

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