Frederick Ferdinand Schafer Painting Catalog
7. Summary and Acknowledgements
From these observations of his background and his art, one can conclude that Frederick Ferdinand Schafer was a talented painter who maintained the European picturesque landscape tradition despite the whirlwind of changing styles of the late nineteenth century. By applying this tradition to the many opportunities provided by grand vistas of the western United States and at the same time depicting Indians, prospectors, ships, and other common features of the day in his paintings, he left a record that, though not of the highest rank, held both artistic and historic merit.
Individuals (with affiliations and locations at the time they provided help):
Volker Adolphs Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf Bronwin Albrecht Sotheby Fine Arts, New York Nancy Allen Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Andrea Bacigalupo Butterfield and Butterfield, San Francisco Paul Bingham Bingham Galleries, San Jose, California Leonard Braarud Braarud Fine Art, La Conner, Washington Stanleigh Bry Society of California Pioneers, San Francisco Darcy Coates The Oakland Museum of California Delphine Castles Craigdarroch Castle Historical Society, Victoria, B.C. Jack Cleaver Oregon Historical Society, Portland Sherburne F. Cooke, Jr. Sherburne Antiques and Fine Arts, Olympia, Washington Susan Cowan Uno Langemann Limited, Vancouver, B.C. Bruce Davies Craigdarroch Castle Historical Society, Victoria, B.C. Stuart A. Dalie III Alameda, California St Charles, Illinois William K. Dick San Francisco Lawrence Dinnean Bancroft Library, Berkeley, California Christine Droll The Oakland Museum of California Robert Drummond The Drummond Gallery, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Jack von Euw Archives of American Art, San Francisco Susan Else Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art, Monterey, California Peter Fairbanks Montgomery Gallery, San Francisco Nancy Ferreira Christopher Queen Galleries, Duncans Mills, California Linda E. Fisher Graham Gallery, New York City Albert H. Gaynor Alpha CD Imaging, Menlo Park, California John Garzoli Garzoli Gallery, San Rafael, California Matthew Gerber Matthew's Galleries, Lake Oswego, Oregon Ann Gilbert University of California at Berkeley, California Nancy Gilbert Hunter Gallery, Carmel, California Vicki Halper Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington Philip A. C. Harris Alameda, California Alfred Harrison, Jr. North Point Gallery, San Francisco Arthur Hart Boise, Idaho Paulette D. Hennum Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California Mark Hoffman Maxwell Galleries, Ltd, San Francisco Kathy Holdredge M. H. de Young Museum, San Francisco Amy Hooker Juneau-Douglas City Museum, Juneau, Alaska Jeanette Hoskinson Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Los Angeles Carol S. Hughes Frank S. Schwartz and Son, Philadelphia Edan Milton Hughes San Francisco, California Mary Hunter Hunter Gallery, Carmel, California Robert Joki The Sovereign Collection, Portland, Oregon Harvey Jones The Oakland Museum of California Nan Jones Ross, California Roy Farrington Jones Ross, California Fred Keeler Piedmont, California Patrick Kraft William Karges Fine Art, Carmel, California Richard Kerwin Kerwin Galleries, San Mateo, California Jeanette Langmann Uno Langmann Limited, Vancouver, British Columbia Martha Lee Yosemite Museum, Yosemite National Park Scot Levitt John Pence Gallery, San Francisco Pat Lynagh National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C. James Marquardt Lewis Reed & Allen, Kalamazoo, Michigan Ross Martineau John Pence Gallery, San Francisco Dewitt C. McCall III DeRu's Fine Arts, Bellflower, California Nancy McCauley Stanford University, Palo Alto, California Peg McGowan Alameda Public Library, Alameda, California Dwight Miller Stanford University, Palo Alto, California Nancy Dustin Wall Moure Los Angeles, California Walter A. Nelson-Rees WIM Fine Arts, Oakland, California Joon Park University of Southern California, Los Angeles Lisa Peters Montgomery Gallery, San Francisco Rita Ricardo-Campbell Hoover Institution, Stanford, California Kathleen Ripley Richmond Museum, Richmond, California Michael D. Schroeder Cupertino, California Cromwell H. W. Schubarth Boston Stanley Shiebert Seattle Public Library, Seattle Scott Shields California Historical Society, San Francisco Elizabeth Smart State of California, Sacramento, California Ann Smith Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles Jerry Smith M. H. de Young Museum, San Francisco Leonard Stafford Greenbrae, California Franz R. Stenzel Portland, Oregon John Stohr Rockridge Masonic Temple, Emeryville, California Derek Swallow British Columbia Records Archive, Victoria, B.C. Evangeline Tai Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa, California Richard Terry California State Library, Sacramento, California Anne de Gruchy Tighe Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, B.C. Mark Traugott University of California at Santa Cruz, California Joanne Triplett Inventory of American Art, Washington D.C. Arnold ("Swede") Wallen Christopher Queen Galleries, Duncans Mills, California Alfred Wellcome Shasta State Historic Park, Shasta, California Jonathan Williams State of California, Monterey, California Chris Wilson Hallie Ford Museum, Salem, Oregon Kathy Wong Clars Auction Gallery, Oakland, California Mary Pat Wyatt Juneau-Douglas City Museum, Juneau, Alaska
Unidentified staff members of:
Archives of American Art Washington, D.C. Bancroft Library, University of California Berkeley, California Boston Public Library Boston Butterfield and Butterfield San Francisco California Historical Society San Francisco Cleveland Museum Art Library Cleveland Harvard Fine Arts Library, Fogg Art Museum Cambridge, Massachusetts The Library of Congress Washington, D.C. Mechanics' Institute Library San Francisco M. H. de Young Museum San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts Library Boston National Museum of American Art Washington, D.C. Oakland Public Library Oakland, California San Francisco Public Library San Francisco Stanford University Art Library Palo Alto, California Stanford University Visual Archive Palo Alto, California Sterling and Francine Clark Art Museum Williamstown, Massachusetts University Library Cambridge, England Wellesley College Library Wellesley, Massachusetts
Digital Equipment Corporation Systems Research Center Palo Alto, California Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, Massachusetts University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory Cambridge, England
Special acknowledgements are required for three individuals named in the list above--amateur art historians who, as a labor of love, have privately collected an immense amount of material pertinent to the study of California nineteenth-century artists. Roy Farrington Jones of Ross, California, spent two decades photographing early Western paintings at dealers, auctions, and in private collections. His late wife, Nan Jones, carefully indexed and organized the resulting slides and she spent many hours with me reviewing the Schafer slides in that collection. The third special acknowledgement is to William K. Dick of San Francisco, California, who tracked down and photographed many paintings of California artists, with a special emphasis on Schafer. He also spent much time reviewing archives of late nineteenth-century San Francisco newspapers, assembling notes and reports pertaining to the art scene at that time. Mr. Dick graciously permitted me to review his research notes and his many photographs of Schafer paintings, and he was happy to fill me in with many facts he discovered about Schafer's work.
As the study of nineteenth-century California painting becomes more widely recognized as being worthy of professional attention, the importance of the work carried on by dedicated people such as these three collectors, working in the fringes of the professional art history community, will be recognized as essential to the capture and preservation of information and images that would otherwise have been lost.
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