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[photo] [San Francisco bar pilot boat 'Lady Mine']
Photo credit: Walter Nelson-Rees, WIM Fine Arts
Date: 1882
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 16 x 24 in (41 x 61 cm)
Inscription: l/l "F. Schafer/82", in the artist's block-letter hand
Provenance: With Alta California Bookstore, Berkeley, California ($165;); to private collection, Richmond, California, c. 1967; with WIM Fine Arts, Oakland, California, 14 February 1984; to private collection, Atherton, California, 7 June 1986.
Reproductions: California Portrayed, figure 24; WIM Fine Arts photo #2822 (color)
Citations: Owner's letter to Archives of California Art, 12 January 1967; Inventory of American Paintings… record 71062045
Description: Crossing the breaking waves in a deep green body of ater, a small schooner with the number 9 on its sail and a flag atop its mast leans with the wind. The sun brightens the top and side of a rocky head, which rises steeply from the water on the left; beyond it is an isolated rock and then a lower shore line. A white two-masted sailboat appears on the horizon, while a flock of gulls is silhouetted in white against the coastline, and in grey against fluffy clouds which fill the center against a grey sky. (From a color photograph.)
Identification: Descriptive title of unknown origin, from the 1967 Alta California offering. The Inventory of American Paintings entry identifies the 1967 collector as the informant, and Walter Nelson-Rees identifies the WIM Fine Arts photograph with both that collector and the Alta California painting.

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