Miller has intensified the relationship between man and animal in this painting, with the man leaning his head against the horse’s head. He has added depth to the composition by placing the teepee further behind the man and horse and by the addition of a landscape in the lower left corner. He has also added a campfire in front of the open teepee with Indians smoking pipes rather than making bows and arrows, and a person mounted on what appears to be a mule standing at the opening of the teepee. The Indian seated next to the horse has a full quiver of arrows leaning against his leg.
The artist; [?]; Dr. Thomas Edmondson, 1847; by descent to his granddaughters, the Misses Hough, Baltimore, MD; The Peale Museum, Baltimore, MD; present owner