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Frederick Ferdinand Schafer Painting Catalog

Painting record FFSd1136

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[photo] Moonlight on Truckee River, California [6]

Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 30 x 20 in (76 x 51 cm)
Inscription: Signed l/r "F.Schafer" in the artist's characteristic block-printing hand.
Verso: Titled l/c "Moonlight on Truckee Riv / Cala" in the artist's characteristic block-printing hand; priced on upper stretcher bar, "$65.00"
Provenance: Probably acquired by Milo A. and Henrietta E. Smith, perhaps directly from the artist upon his visit to Denver in 1888 (see Note); if not then by the next generation, Alfred B. and Grace D. Bell, after 1897; by descent in the family in 1921, 1922, 1962, 1980, 1985, and 2020; sold at auction for $2934 on 4 December 2021 by Fairlight Estate Sales, LLC, Fort Collins, Colorado, as lot 62381 in the "Historic Denver Liquidation Of The Milo A. Smith House Part Two: Antique Toys, Sterling Silver, Quilts & Fine Art" sale.
Reproductions: Fairlight Estate Sales, LLC on-line catalog
Citations: Personal communications with descendants, 2021, 2023.
Note: This is one of five paintings belonging to the same family, all of which have a verso price inscription written in the same hand and all are about the same size, suggesting that they may have all been acquired at the same sale, possibly the 1888 sale held by Schafer when he stopped in Denver on his way home from an exhibition of American art at the Art Insitute of Chicago.
Identification: Title from verso inscription.
In index(es): Title list, Lake Tahoe and environs, moonlight nocturnes and other scenes showing the moon

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