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[photo] [Landscape on palette]
Photo credit: William K. Dick, 1971
Date: 1882
Medium: oil on walnut palette
Size: 13.5 x 9.5 in (34.3 x 24.1 cm)
Inscription: no inscription
Verso: "Frederick Schafer/Painted for/Dr. Lewis Wellendorff/ Alameda 1882", in Schafer's script hand, in pencil
Provenance: In collection of Mae Helene Bacon Boggs, Shasta, California; by gift to The Shasta State Historic Park 2 February 1950 (public).
Reproductions: Early California and Western Art Research/Schafer slide #19 (color, 1974); William K. Dick photo #163 (color, 1971)
Citations: Inventory of American Paintings… record 04870020; Park inventory #126-2-26, Boggs Collection.
Description: An unusual painting of a small, wooded brook on an artist's palette. The brook tumbles down the center toward the viewer, with broadleaf white-barked trees on either side completely filling the space above. Three deer stand on the left bank. A dead snag crosses the lower right corner. Individual brush strokes are visible, yet delicate; all colors are very bright and saturated, perhaps to cover the dark ground of the walnut palette. (From the painting, 24 September 1989.)
Note: Because of the difficulty in securing it, the painting is not normally on public display. It is kept at the Old Courthouse in Shasta, California.
Identification: Descriptive title of unknown origin, from the inventory of the Boggs collection. The Early California and Western Art Research index identifies the slide with the Boggs collection. Because of the inscription content and the similarity of the script hand to that of other presentation inscriptions, the conjecture that the hand is that of Schafer seems plausible.

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