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[photo] The Sacramento Valley
Photo credit: Bruce Davies, Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society, 2008
Medium: oil on canvas, lined
Size: 20 x 36 in (51 x 91 cm)
Inscription: said to be signed l/r, with initials conjoined in a monogram (not legible in the photograph)
Verso: said to have been titled before lining
Provenance: With WIM Fine Arts, Oakland, California, in 1975, to collection of Mr. & Mrs. James R. Harvey, San Francisco. With Butterfield & Butterfield, San Francisco 12 July 1990; with Butterfield & Butterfield, San Francisco, 13 February 1991. In private collection, San Francisco, 2008.
Reproductions: WIM Fine Arts photo #172 (color, 1975); Inventory of American Paintings… record 71069331, S2.96 LC/1; 12 July 1990 sale catalog 4325P/P58 lot 2170; 13 February 1991 sale catalog 4506D lot 2004 Early California and Western Art Research/Schafer slide #104, of sale catalog photo (monochrome, 1991);
Description: Mostly dark clouds gather above a flat valley with a green, foggy, meadow in the distance at the left, a forest in the middle distance at the right. Several kinds of broadleaf trees (distinguished by different shades of green foliage) dot the scene. A river, reflecting the dark sky, enters from the right and exits at the left front. Several cows stand in a clearing on the far side of the river. The near bank is covered with low brush and a dark tree at the right with a bright green bush at its base. The drawing is quite controlled, especially in the bushes and cows. (From a color photograph.)
Note: A 1936 letter in the clipping file of the Alameda Free Public Library, examined in 1990, reports that a painting titled Sacramento Valley was in a private Los Angeles collection, but the information in that letter is insufficient to either include or exclude the possibility that it is this painting.
Identification: The verso title was reported in the 1991 sale catalog. The 1990 sale catalog uses the same title with the word California added to the end but does not mention an inscription. The composition is virtually identical to those of In the Sacramento Valley [1] and [In the Sacramento Valley 2].
Other title(s): Landscape with pond (Inventory of American Paintings…); Pastoral with cows (WIM Fine Arts list)

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