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Description Extracts from Alfred Jacob Miller’s original text, which accompanied his images of Native Americans, are included below for reference. "There is considerable ingenuity and taste displayed in the structure of these permanent Lodges,- upright posts with crotched ends are first raised supporting bond timbers at different heights to give a sloping circular roof:- rafters radiating from the centre rest on these, and are secured in their places by transverse pieces leaving narrow interstices - the whole of the frame work is now covered with adobe, both roof and sides, which completes the Lodge. The light is admitted through an aperture in the center and the smoke finds egress through the same. The subject of the sketch presents a favorable specimen of a permanent Lodge, with groups of Indians scattered about; at the upper end are some Indians seated, playing one of their favorite games,- the 'game of hand' - it had a strong resemblance of our game of 'hunt the slipper.' Many persons conceive that Indians always carry a grave countenance. We have seen them 'laugh consumedly' while engage in this favorite pastime." 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.
Date Description Narrative
8/28/1992Treatmentmounted; re-housed; other
  • 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.
  • Alfred Jacob Miller and the Western Indians. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006.
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
Credit Commissioned by William T. Walters, 1858-1860

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watercolor on paper
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H: 7 7/8 x W: 11 7/8 in. (20 x 30.2 cm)
  • USA (Place of Origin)
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