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[photo] On Russian River, California [2]
Photo credit: J. H. Saltzer, 1999
Date: may be 1883
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 30 x 50 in. (76 x 127 cm)
Inscription: l/r "F. Schafer", in the artist's block-letter hand
Verso: l/r "on Russian River, California.", in the artist's block-letter hand. u/r "S. 83." in the same hand.
Provenance: private collection, Berkeley, California, by c. 1935; by descent to private collection, southern California.
Site: The Russian River flows into the Pacific Ocean about 100 miles north of San Francisco, California.
Description: Three cows, two brown and one black, stand in the grass on a willow-treed point at the right of a river that flows gently along a sandy bank Behind the cows on the right is a steep, conifer forested hillside, at the base of which two snags lean amidst high brush. Only a bit of the left bank is visible, with two tall conifers and a standing snag. Upriver, under a cloudy sky, is another steep hillside on the right. (From the painting, 8 December 1999)
Note: The speculative date is based on the otherwise unexplained verso inscription "S. 83."

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