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Scene on "Big Sandy" River


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Description "The sketch may be said to represent a small slice of an Indian paradise; - Indian women, horses, a stream of water, shade trees, and the broad prairie to the right, on which at times may be seen countless herds of Buffalo, Elk, and deer." 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.
Provenance William T. Walters, Baltimore, 1858-1860, by commission; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Monogram] Lower left: AJMiller; [Number] Lower left: 13
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
37.1940.20
Measurements
H: 11 3/4 x W: 9 9/16 in. (29.9 x 24.3 cm)
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  • USA (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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