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Indian and His Squaw Fording a River
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Indian and His Squaw Fording a River


Description Conservation Provenance Inscription Credit
Description "It will be perceived that etiquette among this wild people is ovserved with great punctilio. This poor woman would no more think fo riding alongside of the great man in fromt that of cutter off her right hand;- She looks on him as her hero, and as a condensation of all virtues." 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
4/01/1950Treatmentcleaned
11/18/1983Treatmentre-housed
11/30/1983Treatmentmounted; re-housed
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
Credit Commissioned by William T. Walters, 1858-1860

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Period
1858-1860
Medium
watercolor on paper
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
37.1940.131
Measurements
H: 9 5/16 x W: 13 in. (23.6 x 33 cm)
Geographies
  • USA (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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