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[photo] Evening on Mount Shasta, California [2] (attributed)

Date: by 1890 (see note)
Medium: oil on canvas, back covered with transparent mylar
Size: 28 x 40 inches (71 x 102 cm)
Inscription: l/r "Evening on Mt Shasta Cal." in an unknown block-printing hand, not that of the artist, incised in the wet paint.
Verso: In an unknown hand, centered, from top down:
"Mt Shasta, California" (partially obscured by upper stretcher bar)
"Presented to the Srs of the Nuntiate of"
"Oakland, Cal"
"Original by Schafer"
"Presented to Rev. Mother J. Baptist Supr Gen" (last letters obscured)
"PQ" (partially obscured by lower stretcher bar)
l/l "June 24, 1890"
Provenance: With Waddington's Auctioneers and Appraisers, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 12 June 2012. With eBay, Incorporated, Ontario, Canada, 22 Aug 2012 through late 2013. With Thomaston Place Auction Galleries, Thomaston, Maine, 8 February 2014.
Reproductions: Waddington's Auctioneers and Appraisers 12 June 2012 sale catalog, lot 6
Attribution: The painting is unsigned, with verso attribution to "Schafer" in an unknown hand. In favor of attribution are that the general composition and palette are typical of Frederick F. Schafer, with a more detailed foreground, less finished distant planes, consistent light treatment, typical sky treatment, botanically accurate trees, and foreground debris and wild flowers. Against attribution are the oversimplified structure with just three disconnected planes, the lack of staffage, and unusual dimensions. Overall, the weight of evidence is somewhat in favor of attribution.
Site: Mount Shasta, viewed from the South, through an unidentified valley with Shastina on the left.
Note: The first four lines of the inscription are in a script-like block printing hand similar to that of the recto title inscription. The next four lines are in a more italic script-like block printing hand. The verso date seems to refer to a presentation date rather than the date of execution of the painting itself.
Identification: Title from recto inscription.

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