Frederick Ferdinand Schafer Painting Catalog
What's new: Site and Catalog Status as of September 2016
This web site is publicly available and indexed by major search engines. The catalog contents are under continual revision. The catalog currently contains records of 1009 paintings. Of these, 765 paintings are adequately documented, 88 report limited information such as their size and medium, and the remaining 156 are known only by a title found, for example, in a nineteenth century auction catalog. Included for comparison are records of 42 paintings attributed to other artists who have been or sometimes are confused with Frederick Schafer, as well as 47 paintings whose claimed attribution to Schafer can be questioned.
Images are included for all but 19 of the 765 adequately documented paintings. About half of those missing images have been located but are not currently posted, pending receipt of permission.
Recent updates to the catalog:
Added about 100 images of newspaper clippings recently located by James Marquardt and about 50 images scanned from newspaper clippings accumulated earlier. Specific clippings of interest include a series of ten reports and advertisements of an auction sale in San Francisco of paintings exhibited at the 1884 Mechanics' Fair; a series of eight reports of a visit to Los Angeles in February 1886; a series of seven reports of the already mentioned catalog sale in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, in May 1886; a series of six reports of a visit to Seattle, Washington, in May 1890; a series of six reports of a visit to Santa Cruz, California, in May 1891; a series of five reports of a visit to Vancouver, British Columbia, in September 1891; a series of six reports of a visit to Ogden, Utah Territory, in November 1891; and a series of eleven reports of a visit to Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, in December 1891; each saying that he planned to exhibit and sell paintings, and in some cases to open a teaching studio.
Links to all of the added clippings can be found in Newspaper mentions. There is now a link to an original image for all but a few clippings cited on that page dated through 1923. (Images of clippings later than 1923 are not included because they are still under copyright.)
Began identifying paintings known only by title in anticipation of making them a separate category.
Made several changes to the text based on the added newspaper clippings: Made a major revision in the 1885 to 1891 paragraphs of Travels of the artist, including update to note 12. Expanded the descriptions of Primary painting sales in Seattle, Santa Cruz, Vancouver, Ogden, and Salt Lake City. Updated note 10 in Schafer's background and training with newspaper citations verifying that Schafer painted theatre scenery and advertised classes in painting. Expanded note 1 in Comments by Others about the Work of Frederick F. Schafer to alert reader to be wary of newspaper reviews that may be based on press releases.
Added signature image to On San Lorenzo Creek near Felton, Santa Cruz Mountains, California. Added new paintings Moonlight in the Santa Cruz Mountains and Reproduction of "Elaine, or The Vacant Chair" by Toby Rosenthal (both unidentified).
(Much) better image for On San Lorenzo Creek, Santa Cruz Mountains, California from the collector. Updated provenance and images of [Yosemite Valley 16] and Eddy's Peak, Northern California. Updated provenance and added verso image for Sentinel Rock, Yosemite Valley . Updated provenance and added images and image cross-references to [Still life with watermelon and banana] and [Still life with fruit]. Updated provenance of Winter on the Plains. Added index of Buffalo on the Great Plains. Added an entry for An (American?) artist who signs "F. Schäffer" to Other artists with similar names or signatures.
Added new paintings Autumn on South Lake, Catskill Mountains, New York, In the Roky Mountains, Colorado [sic], [Alpine landscape (?) or Western landscape (?)], On San Lorenzo Creek near Felton, Santa Cruz Mountains, California, [Sunset on the Three Sisters 5], Evening on Truckee River between Truckee and Lake Tahoe, [Cows along a dirt road with mountains in the distance], [Springtime, Sierras (sketch)], [Mount Hood, Oregon 3], Mount Hood [from Hood River, Oregon 8], [Cattle by the river's edge (sketch)], [Evening on Santa Cruz River], [Mountain landscape 11], Morning on Lake George, [Pastoral (sketch)], Mount Shasta, California , Evening in the Alameda Marsh, [Mountain composition 3 (Matterhorn? and Dent d'Hérens?)], [Western mountains] (attributed), [Pond in the woods] (by a different F. Schäffer), [Mountain scene], Mount Hood from Hood River, Oregon  and Bridal Veil Fall, Yosemite Valley .
Information about [Indian scene, Northwest], Moonlight on the Truckee River , [A Sierra lake with snow-capped peaks beyond], [Forest path], and Spring morning  has been updated with provenance changes, new photographs, or both.
Pages about Other artists with similar names or signatures have been reorganized, adding both new examples and new artists: [river scene], [river scene], [River scene], [Pastoral scene with church steeple on the horizon], [Moonlit landscape with windmills], [Watering the horses], [Scene near Salt Lake, UT].
Recently added paintings can be found together at the "Tour Previous" link at the top left of the Other indexes page.
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