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[photo] Morning on the Moonlight Rock, Yosemite Valley (attributed)
Photo credit: Courtesy of Clars Auction Gallery, 2006
Date: undated
Medium: oil on canvas, lined
Size: 30 x 20 in (76 x 51 cm)
Inscription: l/r bears inscription "Hill"
Verso: reported "Morning on the Moonlight Rock, Yosemite Valley"
Provenance: In private collection, Piedmont, California, by 1991; by descent in 1991 and again c. 2002 to private collection; with Clar's Auction Gallery, Oakland, California, 10 September 2006;
Reproductions: 10 September 2006 on-line sale catalog, lot 6212
Attribution: Although the painting bears the inscription "Hill", attribution to Thomas Hill has been questioned. The general composition and palette, highly detailed dark foreground, use of light to focus attention on the nearby rock formation, botanically accurate ivy and trees, much less distinct background, layered brushwork, and the elaborate reported title all suggest that the painting may be attributable to Frederick F. Schafer.
Site: Yosemite Valley, looking east with the Merced River below, El Capitan on the left, and Cathedral Rocks on the right.
Note: The very light recto inscription "Hill" is encircled by a dark halo.
Identification: At the time of the Clars sale, a piece of paper of unknown origin was tucked into the back of the frame with the pencilled note "on the reverse, before lining: / MORNING ON THE MOONLIGHT ROCK / YOSEMITE VALLEY".

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