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[photo] Morning on Mount Shasta, 14,400 feet high from Shasta Lake, California

Date: probably undated
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 30 x 44 in (76 x 112 cm)
Inscription: l/l "F.Schafer", in the artist's block-letter hand
Verso: said to be "Morning on Mt. Shasta, 14,400 feet high From Shasta Lake, Cala"
Provenance: In private collection, Denver "around 1891"; by descent to private collection, Denver, in 1969, and again to private collection, Florida, by 2004. With Bonhams, San Francisco, 1 May 2012.
Reproductions: William K. Dick photo #7 (color, 1972); Bonhams sale catalog 19976 lot #2 (color, 2012); Alameda Free Library Clipping File photo (color, c. 1969)
Site: Mount Shasta, viewed from the South, with Shastina on the left.
Description: Two brightly-dressed Indians on horseback ride away from the viewer between two white boulders along a trail to the left of a bright blue river or lake, which enters near the center and fills the right front corner of the painting. In the distance, snow-capped Mount Shasta rises above the haze and clouds against a greyish-blue sky with indistinct clouds. The left lower triangle is crossed by the bright path; the grass in the foreground among the boulders is shadowed in greys and browns. Beyond the path a tree trunk lies across the boulders; at the far left stands a snag, bare, and in the middle distance are two leaning snags. In the background on the left a rocky, brown cliff rises higher than the top of the mountain peak. A dead branch lies across a boulder at the water's edge. The far side of the river, on the right, is heavily forested. The landscape is mostly in shades of brown. (From a color photograph.)
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, supplied by the 1969 owner, is labeled "Title unknown".

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