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[photo] [Castle Rock, Columbia River 1]

Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 12 x 20 in (30 x 51 cm)
Inscription: l/r "F. Schafer", in the artist's characteristic block-letter hand, underlined
Verso: no inscription
Provenance: With Garzoli Gallery, San Francisco, in 1986; with Montgomery Gallery, San Francisco, 1989, sold in 1991. With Frederick - Waters Fine Art, Auburn, Washington, April 1994.
Reproductions: Early California and Western Art Research/Schafer slide #80 (color, 1986); William K. Dick photo #53 (color, 1971).
Site: Looking North across the Columbia River, from Oregon into Washington, 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]
Description: A rocky butte is dimly visible in the haze across the river. Three white sailboats and a rowboat are on the river, along with smoke from two campfires on the far bank and several snags on the near bank. The foreground river bank, in addition to the snags, is cluttered with rocks, water plants and, in a shadow to the right, weeds. White and gray clouds appear against a grey-white sky, which is penetrated by a small group of trees at the right edge. (From the painting, 12 August 1989.)
Identification: A label, verso, indicates that Garzoli once handled this painting; the title comes from that label. The Early California and Western Art Research index identifies the slide with the Montgomery Gallery offering, giving both titles and adding the words (Beacon Rock).
Other title(s): Sailboats on the Columbia (Montgomery Gallery)
In index(es): Title list, Columbia River scenes

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