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Frederick Ferdinand Schafer Painting Catalog

Painting record FFSd1135

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[photo] Lookout Rock, Yosemite Valley, California [3]

Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 30 x 20 in (76 x 51 cm)
Inscription: Signed l/l "F.Schafer" in the artist's characteristic block-printing hand.
Verso: Titled l/c "Lookout Rock / Yosemite Valley Cal" in the artist's characteristic block-printing hand, partially obscured by a light-colored canvas repair patch; priced u/c "$75.00"; illegible pencil inscription on upper stretcher bar.
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 $788 on 4 December 2021 by Fairlight Estate Sales, LLC, Fort Collins, Colorado, as lot 62382 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.
Site: 1. The place name "Lookout Rock" is not listed in Hartesveldt, Richard J., Place Names of Yosemite Valley. 2. Another Schafer painting, Lookout Rock, Yosemite Valley [1], depicts a different rock formation. 3. Paintings with this title were offered as lot 43 on page 4 of the catalog of a September 1882 auction in San Francisco, as lot 6 in the catalog of a July 1885 auction in Victoria, British Columbia, and as lot 32 on page 4 in the catalog of a 17 November 1885 auction in San Francisco but there is not enough information in those catalogs to either include or exclude the possibility that one of these is this painting.
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, Yosemite Valley--other views

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