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[photo] On Sulphur Creek near San Rafael
Photo credit: William K. Dick, 1972
Date: undated
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 30 x 50 in (76 x 127 cm)
Inscription: l/r "FSchafer", in the artist's block-letter hand, underlined
Verso: "On Sulphur Creek near San Rafael", unknown hand. On frame, "Mr. Denny" in pencil; "Wilson/710 So Elizabeth" in red crayon.
Provenance: In private collection, Denver "around 1891"; by descent to private collection, Denver, in 1969. With North Point Gallery, San Francisco, 1995.
Reproductions: William K. Dick photo #58 (color, 1972); Alameda Free Library Clipping File photo (color, c. 1969)
Description: A pastoral scene in greens and browns. In the right center stands a large broadleaf tree; the sun brightens its lower trunk and behind it on the right is a green forest of similar trees with an even larger tree filling the right edge of the painting. Under the first tree and to the left is a bright green field with four cows, one of which looks directly at the viewer. On a slope to the right behind the tree stand two more cows. A stream runs under the tree, toward the viewer, then toward the front left corner over some small rapids. Atop the far stream bank is a pyramid-shaped boulder. In the right foreground, through shadowed, wildflowers stand among the grass. In the distance at the left is a low hill and at the very left a small tree. The sky is light blue with several clouds. (From the painting 14 October 1995.)
Legend: The Denver, Colorado, owner is said to have met Schafer in person and acquired this painting, along with six others by the artist, on a honeymoon trip to California around 1891.
Identification: Both photographs are of the same Denver collection. The Alameda Library photograph, provided by the 1969 owner, is labeled "Title Unknown".

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