Indians Threatening to Attack Fur Boats

Alfred Jacob Miller1858-1860

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum
Baltimore, United States

In 1837, Baltimore artist Alfred Jacob Miller journeyed to the frontier with the American Fur Company. Along the way, he made many sketches of Native Americans, concentrating particularly on their relationship with the fur trade. Miller commented on the conflict between the traders and the Shoshonee: "In passing down the Platte, the American Fur Comp[any]'s boats are constantly liable to attack from hostile Indians prowling on the banks . . . it is a dark day for the 'voyageurs' if the boat should run aground. . . ."


  • Title: Indians Threatening to Attack Fur Boats
  • Creator: Alfred Jacob Miller (American, 1810-1874)
  • Date Created: 1858-1860
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Painter: Alfred Jacob Miller (American, 1810-1874)
  • Provenance: William T. Walters, Baltimore, 1858-1860, by commission; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Object Type: watercolors
  • Medium: watercolor on paper
  • Exhibitions: Setting Sail: Drawings of the Sea from WAM. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2011., The Western Experience. The Monmouth Museum, Lincroft. 1989.
  • Dimensions: H: 9 7/8 x W: 13 1/16 in. (25.1 x 33.2 cm)
  • Credit Line: Commissioned by William T. Walters, 1858-1860
  • Classification: Painting & Drawing
  • Accession Number: 37.1940.70

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