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White Plume


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description " A chief of the Kansas. These have become poor and reduced in numbers. The Buffalo on which they depended for their food having long ago migrated West, leaving them but a sparse supply of deer, wild turkeys, and prairie-hens to subsist on" A.J. Miller, extracted from "The West of Alfred Jacob Miller" (1837). In July 1858 William T. Walters commissioned 200 watercolors at twelve dollars apiece from Baltimore born artist Alfred Jacob Miller. These paintings were each accompanied by a descriptive text, and were delivered in installments over the next twenty-one months and ultimately were bound in three albums. Transcriptions of field-sketches drawn during the 1837 expedition that Miller had undertaken to the annual fur-trader's rendezvous in the Green River Valley (in what is now western Wyoming), these watercolors are a unique record of the closing years of the western fur trade.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
8/16/1983Treatmentre-housed
8/17/1983Treatmentmounted
Exhibitions
  • Alfred Jacob Miller: Watercolors and Drawings. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984.
  • Alfred Jacob Miller: Maryland and the West. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore; Washington College, Chestertown; Frostburg State University, Frostburg; Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, Rockville. 1988.
  • From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016.
Provenance William T. Walters, Baltimore, 1858-1860, by commission; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Monogram] Lower right: AJMiller; [Number] Lower right: 46
Credit Commissioned by William T. Walters, 1858-1860

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Period
1858-1860
Medium
watercolor heightened with white on paper
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
37.1940.17
Measurements
H: 12 1/16 x W: 9 3/8 in. (30.6 x 23.8 cm)
Geographies
  • USA (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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