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[photo] Carmel Mission, California

Date: undated
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 12 x 24 inches (30 x 61 cm)
Inscription: l/r "F. Schafer", in the artist's block-letter hand, underlined
Verso: u/l "CARMAL.MISSION EST. 1770/CALIFORNIA", unknown hand not that of the artist; l/r "CARMALMISS/CALIFONIA", same unknown hand, appears to continue under stretcher bar.
Provenance: In private collection, California, by 1956; to private collection, Houston, Texas, 1956. With Heritage Auctions, Inc., Dallas, Texas, 11 June 2011; with Heritage Auctions, Inc., Dallas, Texas, 27 September 2011.
Reproductions: 11 June 2011 sale catalog lot 64216 (color); 27 September 2011 sale catalog lot 86139 (color)
Site: The mission San Carlos Borremeo de Carmel, located in the modern city of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.
Description: The isolated adobe mission building, consisting of a cupola-topped bell tower, an arched doorway, and a smaller tower, with red tile roofed buildings behind, stands beside a trail across a grassy desert. A milepost and a small figure stand in front of the mission, back to the viewer, on the trail, which continues past a fence beyond the mission toward a gentle slope leading upward to the right. The sky is gray and cloudy. (From a color photograph.)
Note: 1. The modest size suggests that the painting may have been done on site. Continuation of the inscription under the side stretcher bar is consistent with a field painting for which the stretcher bars were added later. On the other hand, the stretcher bars appear to be newer than the frame, so perhaps the original stretcher bars were simply replaced. 2. A 17 November 1886 auction advertisement by Bovee, Toy and Co. that mentions "Missions of California sketches" may be related, and might help establish the approximate date of this painting. 3. The image of the signature inscription on this painting is detailed enough that it reveals the order of some of the composing brushstrokes.
Other title(s): Carmal Mission, California (from verso inscription)

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