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Auguste and His Horse
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Auguste and His Horse


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Description "August, a half-breed Canadian, who is here represented watering his horse, was one amongst the best of all our mountain men, with a lithe and active form, exuberant spirits, quick percption - especially of the ridiculous, - and brave to recklessness; he was the life of the Camp, from his excessive drollery and bon homie." 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
12/01/1987Treatmentcleaned; mounted
Exhibitions
  • Alfred Jacob Miller. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1971.
  • Alfred Jacob Miller: An Artist on the Oregon Trail. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore; Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth; Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody. 1981-1982.
  • 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.
Provenance William T. Walters, Baltimore, 1858-1860, by commission; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Miller; [Number] Lower right: 36
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
37.1940.10
Measurements
H: 12 1/8 x W: 9 1/2 in. (30.8 x 24.1 cm)
Geographies
  • USA (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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