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[no photo] [Mount Adams from the Yakima River 1]

Date: said to be 1888
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 19 x 35 in (48 x 89 cm)
Inscription: said to be signed l/r, not visible in photograph
Provenance: In private collection, Sonoma, California by 1965; to private collection, Oregon, March 1979.
Reproductions: Early California and Western Art Research/Schafer slide #37 (color, c. 1976), Inventory of American Paintings… record 72820030, S2.96 LC08/1
Site: May be either Mount Adams or Mount Rainier, Washington.
Description: The isolated, round-topped, snow-capped mountain below a hazy blue sky is the only thing that extends above a flat horizon to the left. A wide, bright, river enters from behind trees on the right bank and leaves on the left. On a point extending out from the right bank of the river is an Indian encampment, with a tepee, a campfire, and figures sitting next to racks with drying fish. Two birds are in flight, silhouetted against the river. On the right a clump of trees stands silhouetted against the sky with one taller than the rest. (From a color photograph.)
Identification: Descriptive title of unknown origin, as found in the Early California and Western Art Research index. The Inventory of American Paintings lists the artist's name as "Schafer" with no initials, uses the alternate title, and gives the date as 1880. The Early California and Western Art Research index gives the size as 20 x 36 in, describes the collection history, and mentions that there is an almost identical 1881 painting signed "Schier" in the Cannon collection at Laurel House. The painting differs only in minor details with [Mount Adams from the Yakima River 2].
Other title(s): Lake with mountain in background (Inventory of American Paintings…)

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