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Image source: The Walters Art Museum | Licence: CC0 1.0
Image source: The Walters Art Museum | Licence: CC0 1.0

White Plume

1858-1860

Alfred Jacob Miller

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White Plume

Date

1858-1860

Description

" A chief of the Kansas. These have become poor and reduced in numbers. The Buffalo on which they depended for their food having long ago migrated West, leaving them but a sparse supply of deer, wild turkeys, and prairie-hens to subsist on" 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.
(Released under the GNU Free Documentation License)
Inscription: [Monogram] Lower right: AJMiller; [Number] Lower right: 46
Medium: watercolor heightened with white on paper.
Credit line: Commissioned by William T. Walters, 1858-1860.
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Green River Valley Lakes, Wyoming, USA

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