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Head of a Sioux

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Description "The Sioux from which this sketch was made held no rank either as chief or brave; - he was however a good specimen of the tribe, intelligent head, fine form, and was upwards of 6 feet high, of more than ordinary light colour for an Indian, and his whole bearing manly and dignified." 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 [Number] Lower right: 17
Credit Commissioned by William T. Walters, 1858-1860

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H: 8 5/16 x W: 6 7/8 in. (21.1 x 17.5 cm)
  • USA (Place of Origin)
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