Yukon River, Alaska, USA
Alfred Jacob Miller
"The red men seem to be exempt from one curse that is quite general in civilized life. We allude to ennui. Low spirits and despair are not their attributes. Our Indian in the sketch, finding that all the larger animals have been driven off, is glad to return home with smaller game. In default of this, he would have contentedly gone to sleep without anything;- indeed without much seeming inconvenience, he could continue his fast for a day or two. He has been tortured in his youth by the most painful contrivances to give him courage and endurance." 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.
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Inscription: [Monogram] Lower left: AJMiller
Medium: watercolor on paper.
Credit line: Commissioned by William T. Walters, 1858-1860.
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