Frederick Ferdinand Schafer Painting Catalog
3.3 Constructing the art: Other inscriptions
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Other inscriptions(Note: More information about each painting that bears an inscription illustrated here can be obtained by clicking on the image of the inscription and then on the title of the painting.)
Verso Title Inscriptions
An important feature found on roughly two out of three of Schafer's paintings is a descriptive title inscribed on the back by the artist, using a somewhat less extreme version of his block-letter hand. These title inscriptions, which can be quite helpful in attributing doubtful, unsigned, or incorrectly signed paintings, are usually applied by a brush on the unprimed back of the canvas, using a vaguely Germanic block printing style with short, straight or slightly curved lines.
The following inscription was found on the back of a painting signed "T. Hill". The inscription is one of several elements that together compellingly argue for reattribution of the painting to Schafer.
Other Verso Inscriptions
Occasionally, verso inscriptions appear in a cursive script hand. Here is an example of a presentation inscription that is probably in the artist's own script hand:
An inscription in the same cursive hand, identifying the artist and his studio, found on the back of a watercolor:
And some paintings bear a verso price inscription:
Occasionally one also finds inscriptions in pencil on the stretcher bars, but these are in a variety of block-printing and cursive hands, and may have been applied by owners, auctioneers, or dealers.
More verso inscription examples:
Verso inscriptions in the cursive script hand of the artist:
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