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[photo] Moonlight at Golden Gate, looking East, San Francisco
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, initials conjoined in a monogram
Verso: said to be titled
Provenance: In private collection, Northern California, by 1972; with North Point Gallery, San Francisco, 1991. With North Point Gallery, San Francisco, 1996;
Exhibited: When California was Young. Landscape Paintings from Bierstadt to Braun, San Francisco, 1991. Big Pictures: 19th and Early 20th Century Exhibition Paintings, San Francisco, 1996.
Reproductions: Early California and Western Art Research/Schafer slide #45 (color, 1979); William K. Dick photo #1 (color, 1972); When California was Young brochure, 1991; Antiques, The Magazine, November 1997, page 649 (color).
Site: Looking East through the Golden Gate into San Francisco Bay with Fort Point in the distance on the right.
Description: A dramatic moonlit scene with dark water in the foreground, bright water at the horizon, and a sky of varied brightness almost filled with heavy clouds, partly obscuring the yellow moon in the center. Black rocky cliffs stand on the right, with waves lapping against the rocks below. A three-masted ship rounds Fort Point with a tugboat immediately behind and several sailboats beyond. The mast of a wrecked schooner lies broken across the rocks to the right and a white bird flies silhouetted against the dark cliff. Small details, such as lights visible through the portholes of the three-master, abound. (From the painting, 19 July 1990.)
Identification: The Early California and Western Art Research index identifies the painting as Moonlight on the Golden Gate, and some of the brochures and exhibition listings omit the words San Francisco from the title.

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