ALFRED JACOB MILLER (1810-1874)
ALFRED JACOB MILLER (1810-1874)
ALFRED JACOB MILLER (1810-1874)
ALFRED JACOB MILLER (1810-1874)
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ALFRED JACOB MILLER (1810-1874)

Indian Caressing his Horse

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ALFRED JACOB MILLER (1810-1874)
Indian Caressing his Horse
signed with conjoined initials 'AJ Miller' (lower left)
watercolor, gouache and pencil on paper
9 x 12 in. (22.9 x 30.5 cm.)
Provenance
The artist.
Christian Mayer, Baltimore, Maryland, acquired from the above.
Dr. Charles M. Franklin.
Midwestern museum, gift from the above, 1933.
Christie's, New York, 5 December 2002, lot 156, sold by the above.
Acquired by the late owner from the above.
Literature
R. Tyler, Alfred Jacob Miller: Artist on the Oregon Trail, Fort Worth, Texas, 1982, p. 449.

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Lot Essay

A related oil titled Shoshone Indian and his Pet Horse (circa 1845-47) is in the collection of the Maryland Center for History and Culture, Baltimore, Maryland.

Alfred Jacob Miller wrote of the affection between Indian and horse that forms the theme of the present work, "If an Indian had an alternative given to him between his squaw and horse, absolutely compelling him to take one or the other, we opine that the horse would be the first choice. He has some little show of reason for this, for what could he do without this noble and useful animal? Many a Buffalo and bear has he aided his hard master in overtaking & conquering. Many a time and oft has he brought him with a whole skin out of his manifold difficulties and rasalities, frequently indeed when he was far from deserving such good offices. They are friends of old, perfectly well acquainted with each other's frailties, and make all reasonable allowances." (as quoted in M. Ross, The West of Alfred Jacob Miller, Norman, Oklahoma, 1951, p. 62)

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