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[photo] North Dome and Royal Arches, Yosemite Valley

Date: probably undated
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 20 x 36 in (51 x 91 cm)
Inscription: l/r "F Schafer", in the artist's characteristic block-letter hand, initials conjoined in a monogram
Verso: said to be "North Dome and Royal Arches, Yosemite Valley"
Provenance: Offered in 1971 by Garzoli Gallery, San Francisco. Offered 20 January 2008 (not sold) by Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, as lot 7073 in sale 15873. Sold 20 April 2008 for $600 by Bonhams & Butterfields, Los Angeles, as lot 7076 in sale 16074. Offered 1 May 2008 via eBay by "antiquarianhome" (Randy Esada), Los Angeles.
Reproductions: William K. Dick photo #157 (color, 1971); Bonhams & Butterfields 20 January 2008 and 20 April 2008 sale catalogs.
Site: A view looking East up the Yosemite Valley, California, with the Merced river in the middle and the Royal Arches rock formation on the left.
Description: A large grey rock cliff with dark, arched stratigraphic markings dominates the left side of the painting; a dome appears in the distance above and beyond it. Below it, on the green bank of the river are two white tepees with several figures nearby; a forest fills the space between the tepees and the cliff. The right bank is light colored sand or gravel, then a green grass meadow. Two tall, dark green conifers stand against the sky at the right edge, in the middle of the meadow are two light green Aspen trees, and in the distance a forest rises. Still farther away, on the horizon, a range of mountains stands below a cloud bank; above the clouds the sky is whitish-blue. The river indistinctly reflects the dark rock formation. (From a color photograph.)
In index(es): Title list, Indian encampments as incidental subjects, Yosemite Valley--other views

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