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[photo] Headwaters of the Columbia River

Date: undated
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 30 x 50 in (76 x 127 cm)
Inscription: l/r "F. Schafer", underlined, in the artist's block-letter hand
Verso: No inscription on the canvas. On the upper stretcher bar, in faint pencil in an unidentified hand, "Headwaters *** Columbia / Riv"
Provenance: In collection of Bertha Gaut, Rolling Hills Estates, California, by 2006; with John Moran Auctioneers, Inc., 17 October 2006; with John Moran Auctioneers, Inc., 22 May 2007.
Reproductions: 17 October 2006 sale catalog lot #90, 22 May 2007 sale catalog lot #2139.
Note: 1. The authority of the title from the stretcher bar inscription is unknown. Schafer is not known to have journeyed to that area of British Columbia. 2. The alternate title, apparently a descriptive title assigned before discovery of the stretcher bar inscription, is misleading—the painting actually depicts six mounted Indians, as well as a couple of bears.
Identification: Title from verso inscription. The 2006 and 2007 sale catalogs use an assigned, descriptive title. See Notes.
Other title(s): [Riverscape with three mounted Indians] (John Moran Auctioneers, Inc. sale catalogs)

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