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[photo] [Morning on Mount Shasta 1]
Photo credit: Owner's photograph, 2012
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 20 x 36 in (51 x 91 cm) approx
Inscription: l/l "FSchafer", in the artist's characteristic block-letter hand, initial letters conjoined in a monogram
Provenance: With Fred E. Keeler, Piedmont, California, 1990. In private collection, Virginia, in 1995.
Reproductions: Keeler transparency
Site: Mount Shasta, California, viewed from the South through an unidentified river valley, with Shastina, a bit larger than life, on the left.
Description: Two Indians on horseback, one dressed in red, the other in blue, ride toward a distant encampment below Mount Shasta, following a trail along the edge of a flat, shadowed valley on the right. The lower left third of the painting is a bright green foreground hillside triangle with a grey, rocky cliff at the far left, three tall conifers in the middle distance above a large white rock outcrop, a grey boulder surrounded with wildflowers and grass and the trunk of a dead tree sprawled beside the trail. In the middle distance stand four brown tepees with two smoke plumes beside a pond or river with a low, dark green conifer forest beyond. Two indistinct, brownish ranges of foothills lie below the lightly snow-capped peaks of Mount Shasta and Shastina. The sun comes from high on the right. The amount of snow cover and the sun position suggest that the time is late morning on a late summer day. The sky is an intense blue to the center and right, with clouds looming on the left. (From a color photograph.)
Note: Paintings with this title have appeared in at least three 19th century auction catalogs but without enough information to either include or exclude the possibility that one of them is this painting. See Paintings known only by title for details.
Identification: Descriptive title of unknown origin.
In index(es): Title list, Indian encampments as incidental subjects, Mount Shasta and Shastina

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