Alfred Jacob Miller (1810-1874)
Alfred Jacob Miller (1810-1874)

Trappers around a Campfire with the Wind River Mountains of the Rockies in the Background

Alfred Jacob Miller (1810-1874)
Trappers around a Campfire with the Wind River Mountains of the Rockies in the Background
oil on canvas
38 ¼ x 32 ¼ in. (97.6 x 81.9 cm.)
Painted circa 1839.
The artist.
Sir William Drummond Stewart, Murthly Castle, Perthshire, Scotland, acquired from the above, 1840.
Frank Nichols, Perthshire, Scotland, by descent.
Sale: Chapman's, Edinburgh, Scotland, 16-17 June 1871, sold by the above.
Steuart Fothringham Family, Murthly Castle, Perthshire, Scotland, until 1963.
Leo Heaps, Toronto, Canada.
Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., New York.
Acquired by the present owner from the above, 1975.
"Apollo Gallery--Original Paintings," Morning Herald, May 16, 1839, pp. 2-3, no. 17 (as Trapper's Camp).
"Miller's Paintings of Oregon Scenery," New-York Mirror, May 25, 1839, p. 383.
Alfred Jacob Miller to Decatur H. Miller, December 25, 1840.
M. Ross, The West of Alfred Jacob Miller, Norman, Oklahoma, 1968, pp. xxii (as Trappers' Camp).
D. Brown, The Westerners, New York, 1974, p. 62, illustrated (as Trapper's Roasting Ribs Over a Campfire).
D.G. Pike, "Images of an Era: The Mountain Man," American West, vol. 12, no. 5, September 1975, pp. 36-37, illustrated (as Trappers Around a Campfire).
Gulf State Paper Corporation, The Best of the West: The Recorders, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 1979, n.p., illustrated.
R.C. Warner, The Fort Laramie of Alfred Jacob Miller: A Catalogue of All the Known Illustrations of the 1st Fort Laramie, Laramie, Wyoming, 1979, p. 169.
R. Tyler, ed., Alfred Jacob Miller: Artist on the Oregon Trail, Fort Worth, Texas, 1982, p. 237, no. 120.
New York, Apollo Gallery, May 9-22, 1839, no. 17.
New York, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., Faces and Places: Changing Images of 19th Century America, December 5, 1972-January 6, 1973, no. 65, illustrated.

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Lot Essay

In 1837, Alfred Jacob Miller accompanied Scottish nobleman Sir William Drummond Stewart on an expedition to Fort Laramie, Wyoming. As a result of this trip, his only one to the West, Miller gathered sufficient ideas to pursue a lifelong career painting images of American frontier life. The present work, painted for his patron shortly after their trip, features Stewart himself visible in the distance, holding a spyglass and wearing his usual buckskin outfit. Other members of the expedition, Antoine Clement, Bill Burrows and Pierre, prepare dinner around the campfire in the foreground.

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