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[photo] [Mount Shasta 16]
Photo credit: Maxwell Galleries, Ltd., San Francisco, 1995
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 30 x 50 in (76 x 127 cm)
Inscription: l/l "F Schafer S.F."
Provenance: With Maxwell Galleries, Ltd., San Fransico, 1995
Site: Probably Mount Shasta, viewed from the West or Southwest, though the wide, flat top and the wide spacing to the secondary peak may indiate that this is actually a view of Old Baldy (Mount San Antonio), near Los Angeles.
Description: A snow-capped peak stands majestically in the center, bathed in the pink glow of the sun setting off the canvas to the left, under a blue sky with many small pink-tinged clouds. The view is through a V-shaped river valley a trail on its left with a rider on a brown horse leading a black pack horse away from the viewer. To the left of the trail several large downed snags lie among boulders criscrossing one another; farther awy on the left stands a grove of conifers, the tallest of which catch the rays of the setting sun, as do a hilltop to their left and two more distant range peaks on the right. Another snag lies to the right of the trail on the slope down to the river; the river's farther bank is littered with more downed trees at the base of a steep slope which in its higher and more distant reaches is densely forested. (From a color photograph.)
Note: The initials "S.F." following the signature suggest that the painting was executed during the period 1880-1886, when Schafer had a studio in San Francisco.
Identification: Assigned, descriptive title.

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