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[photo] [Fishing on the Sacramento River]

Date: probably undated
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 22 x 36 in (56 x 91 cm)
Inscription: l/l "F Schafer", in the artist's characteristic block-letter hand
Provenance: Offered by Garzoli Gallery, San Francisco, 1975. Sold 18 June 1980 for $5225 by Butterfield & Butterfield, San Francisco, as lot in in sale 3098.
Exhibited: California Landscape Painting, 1860–1885, Palo Alto, California, 1975-76.
Reproductions: Stanford University Visual Collection 76Q.88 (color, 1976); Early California and Western Art Research/Schafer slide #34 (color, 1976); William K. Dick photo #35 (color, 1974); 18 June 1980 sale catalog.
Citations: 1975 exhibition catalog, page 50, #7
Description: A view looking directly up the river, which flows slightly to the right of center and is forested on both sides. On the left bank, a fisherman, wearing a hat and a white shirt stands beside the river holding a pole; beside him a second fisherman, wearing a hat and a red shirt, sits on a rock, with one hand in a creel. On the right bank is a conifer forest whose realism is accentuated by debris on the forest floor. The left bank slopes slightly up to the left; again an immense amount of convincing detail is apparent in rocks and a leaning white-barked tree. Yellowish sky with a few hazy clouds. (From a color photograph.)
Note: The picture bears a strong resemblence in composition, feeling, color, and detail to Trout Fisherman by John Frederick Kensett. [Novak, Barbara, Nineteenth Century American Painting, page 83.]
Identification: Descriptive title of unknown origin, as found in the 1975 exhibition catalog. A note on the back of the photo from William K. Dick identifies the painting with John Garzoli and gives the size as 20 x 36 in.
Other title(s): Fisherman by a river (International Auction Records index); Fisherman in High Sierras (1980 sale catalog)
In index(es): Title list, fishing scenes

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