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[photo] [A Sierra lake with snow-capped peaks beyond]

Date: said to be undated
Medium: oil on canvas, lined
Size: 30 x 50 in (76 x 128.3 cm)
Inscription: l/l "FShaeffer" in a variant hand.
Verso: unknown, lined
Provenance: With Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, 27 September 1985; with Christopher Queen Galleries, Duncans Mills, California; to private collection, Northern California, 22 September 1988. In private collection, Petaluma, California; with Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, 8 August 2005. With Valley Fine Art, Aspen Colorado, January 2010; with Bonhams, San Francisco, 20 November 2011.
Reproductions: 27 September 1985 sale catalog 3580P, lot 3864; Christopher Queen Galleries photograph (color); 8 August 2008 sale catalog 13221, lot 93 (color); Valley Fine Art website (color); 20 November 2011 sale catalog 19411, lot 2054 (color).
Citations: Christopher Queen Galleries record 153.
Site: Along the John Muir trail, in the Southern California Sierras.
Description: A range of snow-capped mountains runs across the background, with the lake at the lower right. A brushy slope up the left has a few trees, with a large Jeffrey Pine at the top and one on the left that appears about to topple. A log on the left shore points out across the lake to the right; the line continues in the dark green byforest horizon on the far bank. Two large boulders stand near the lake. The sun brightens the valley beyond the lake. The sky is filled with clouds. (From a color photograph.)
Note: (1) The site location and the tree identification are due to Arnold Wallen. (2) This painting was reported stolen from the 1988 private collection shortly after it was acquired. It was subsequently recovered and returned to its rightful owner.
Identification: Assigned, descriptive title, as used in the Bonhams & Butterfields 2005 and 2011 sale catalogs.
Other title(s): Southern Sierra landscape (Christopher Queen Galleries); Mountain lake (Bonhams & Butterfields 1985)

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