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[photo] [Mountain sunrise (Lassen Peak)]
Photo credit: William K. Dick, 1971
Date: 1884
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 22.5 x 36 in (57.1 x 91.4 cm)
Inscription: l/r "F. Schafer/84", in the artist's block-letter hand, underlined
Verso: said to be no inscription
Provenance: To private collection, San Francisco by 1971; with Carlson Gallery, San Francisco, in 1983; to collection of the Los Angeles Athletic Club. With Maxwell Galleries, Ltd., San Francisco, 1987.
Reproductions: William K. Dick photo #21 (color, 1971); Early California and Western Art Research/Schafer slide #84 (color, 1987)
Site: Lassen Peak, California, before that volcano erupted in 1914/1915.
Description: A hazy, flat-topped, snow-covered peak stands high in the center with two low ranges before it, against a light blue sky with wisps of pink clouds. A low, snow-capped peak stands at the right edge on the horizon. To the left, nearby, is a grove of trees; the sun, off the canvas to the left, strikes the tops of the trees. In the center is a small, flat, valley floor, with two wisps of smoke rising from unseen campfires at the edge of the forest beyond. To the right there are several nearby trees and a rock wall climbs steeply above a small stream. A snag lies on the left of stream, near a rock; there is much clutter on that bank. (From a color photograph.)
Note: The composition is virtually identical to Lassen Peak, Sierra Nevada.
Identification: Descriptive title of unknown origin, as found in the Early California and Western Art Research index. The 1971 and 1987 photographs are of the same painting.

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