< Tour Previous

Frederick Ferdinand Schafer Painting Catalog

Painting record FFSd1137

Tour next >

[photo] Morning on Castle Rock on the Columbia River, Oregon
Photo credit: Family member's photograph, 2021
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 20 x 36 in (51 x 91 cm)
Inscription: Signed l/r "F.Schafer" in the artist's characteristic block-printing hand.
Verso: Titled l/c "Morning on Castle Rock / on the Columbia Riv. Oregon." in the artist's characteristic block-printing hand, the "on" looks like it may have been added later; priced u/r "$100.00"; on frame, "Yellow Metal".
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; to private collection, Denver, Colorado.
Citations: Personal communications with descendants, 2021, 2023.
Site: Standing on the North (Washington) side of the Columbia River looking West across the river into Oregon, 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 Geographic Names restored the "Beacon Rock" name. [Meany, Edmond C., Origins of Washington Geographic Names, page 40]
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 the exhibition of American art at the Art Insitute of Chicago.
Identification: Title from verso inscription.
In index(es): Title list, Columbia River scenes

Title list
Other lists
Help About the Artist Copyright Notice Schafer Catalog Home Page
Comments, corrections, or questions: Saltzer@mit.edu
Mar 10, 2024, 11:47 MDT Accessibility