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[photo] [Mountain peak 1]

Date: said to be undated
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 24 x 16 in (61 x 41 cm)
Inscription: l/l "FSchafer", initials conjoined in a monogram, in the artist's block-letter hand
Provenance: In collection of Oscar Lemer, D.D.S., and Trudy Lemer, San Francisco, California, by 1975.
Exhibited: California Landscape Painting, 1860–1885, Palo Alto, California, 1975-76.
Reproductions: Stanford University Visual Collection 76Q.84 (color, 1976); Early California and Western Art Research/Schafer slide #31 (color, 1976); William K. Dick photo #142 (color, undated)
Citations: 1975 exhibition catalog, #2, page 49
Site: The peak resembles Mount Shasta as seen from the South, although the mountain is taller and narrower than it should be. The wide, flat top also resembles Old Baldy (Mount San Antonio) near Los Angeles.
Description: A very high snow-covered double peak fills the center, seen through a valley with a few tall conifers to the left. On the right side of the valley are a series of brown cliffs; sun brightens the nearest one as well as the brown ground in the middle distance. Greens dominate the forested left, while the bottom of the valley is dark. The sky is blue with a few clouds. (From a color photograph.)
Note: Miller says this painting is a pendant ("companion") to the same-sized [Mountain stream 2].
Identification: Descriptive title of unknown origin, from the 1975 exhibition. The Early California and Western Art Research index identifies the slide with the 1975 exhibition and the collection of Oscar Lemer, D.D.S., and Trudy Lemer. The 1975 exhibition catalog gives the dimensions as 16 x 24 but the photographs are of a painting in portrait orientation. A note on the back of the photograph by William K. Dick identifies the collection of Oscar Lemer, D.D.S., and Trudy Lemer.

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