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[photo] [Castle Rock, Columbia River 2]
Photo credit: William K. Dick, 1975
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 18 x 14 in (46 x 36 cm)
Inscription: l/r "F Schafer"
Provenance: With Hunter Gallery, San Francisco, 1975.
Reproductions: Early California and Western Art Research/Schafer slide #23 (color, 1975); William K. Dick photo #151 (color, 1975)
Site: Standing on the North (Washington) side of the Columbia river looking West toward Beacon Rock. The geographic feature in the painting was named "Beacon Rock" by Lewis and Clark in 1805, but it was known as "Castle Rock" from 1811 until 1916, when the United States Board of Geolographic Names restored the "Beacon Rock" name. [Meany, Edmond C., Origins of Washington Geographic Names, page 40]
Description: The river flows toward the center of the painting around two gentle bends; reflections of the sky, the background, and the forests on either side appear in its ripples. A large grey rock formation stands in the center against an even greyer sky. Tall trees stand on a point at the right, lower ones on the left. Behind the rock in the haze are seen two ridges climbing to the right before they disappear behind the trees. (From a color photograph.)
Identification: Assigned, descriptive title, based on the name of this landmark at the time of the painting and reports of other paintings that were titled by the artist.
Other title(s): Beacon Rock, Columbia River (Early California and Western Art Research index); Needle Rock, Columbia River (Early California and Western Art Research index note)
In index(es): Title list, Columbia River scenes

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