Frederick Ferdinand Schafer Painting Catalog

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Note: Primary sources have been located for only a few facts and secondary sources frequently disagree. Choosing the sources most likely to be reliable leads to the following biographical profile of the artist. The sources are identified by number in the right-hand column.


name: Frederick Ferdinand Schäfer (German; from signatures)
Frederick Ferdinand Schafer (anglicized) 1
parents: names not located; both born in Prussia 2
born: Braunschweig, Prussia 2, 3
August 16, 1839 1, 4
married: Sophie Braun (1838-1924) 5, 6
in 1860 3
children: Otto M. (1867-1911)
Eda (1882-1935) 3, 6, 12
moved to U.S.: Probably 1871 (age 32) 7
moved to California: by 1876, possibly as early as 1873 4, 8, 9
studio: San Francisco, California, 1880-1886 10
presumably in his residence from 1887 onwards
residence: Oakland, California, 1880-1882
Alameda, California, 1883-1904
Oakland, California, 1905-1927 2, 11
naturalized: San Francisco, California, October 24, 1884 1
died: Oakland, California, July 18, 1927 (age 87) 4, 12


1. 1886 Great Register of Alameda County, California.

2. 1880 United States Census for Frederick Schafer family, Oakland, California.

3. William K. Dick notes (undated, c. 1975) of a conversation with the artist's grandson Frederick O. Hughes.

4. Death certificate of Frederick Ferdinand Schafer, informed by Eda Schafer Freitas.

5. Death certificate of Sophie Braun Schafer, informed by "Fredrick" Schafer.

6. Obituary of Sophie Schafer, Oakland Tribune, 1 July 1924.

7. S. S. Thuringia departure from Hamburg.
S. S. Thuringia arrival at New York City.

8. A 1976 advertisement of a San Francisco sale including paintings by Schafer.

9. Departure of a Frederick Schafer and family from New York. Itinerary via Panama. Arrival in San Francisco.

10. Langley's San Francisco Directory, 1880-1886.

11. Husted's Oakland, Alameda, and Berkeley Directory, 1879-1927.

12. Obituary of Frederick F. Schafer, Oakland Tribune, 19 July 1927.

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