Escaping from a War Party

Alfred Jacob Millerca. 1837

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum

One of Miller's early sketches prepared for the Scottish adventurer and aristocrat Sir William Drummond Stewart, this picture has its origin in a drawing the artist made of Black Harris, a trapper, and his brother escaping from the Blackfeet. Miller noted that Harris "always created a sensation at the camp fire" with his dramatic story of the escape. Here Miller depicted Stewart in Harris' place. As Miller noted, stories such as this made a "prime after dinner story for England."

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  • Title: Escaping from a War Party
  • Creator: Alfred Jacob Miller (American, 1810-1874)
  • Date Created: ca. 1837
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  • Roles: Artist: Alfred Jacob Miller (American, 1810-1874)
  • Provenance: William T. Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Object Type: drawings
  • Medium: pen and ink with brown wash on paper
  • Exhibitions: Alfred Jacob Miller: An Artist on the Oregon Trail. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore; Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth; Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody. 1981-1982., Alfred Jacob Miller. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1971., The American Artist as Painter and Draftsman. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2001., Alfred Jacob Miller: Maryland and the West. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore; Washington College, Chestertown; Frostburg State University, Frostburg; Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, Rockville. 1988.
  • Dimensions: H: 6 3/16 x W: 9 1/4 in. (15.72 x 23.5 cm)
  • Credit Line: Acquired by William T. Walters
  • Classification: Painting & Drawing
  • Accession Number: 37.2437