This wash drawing is probably the preliminary study for the watercolor commissioned by William Walters, A “Surround” of Buffalo by Indians (CR# 352F). It was owned by a member of the Miller family, which would suggest that it had once been a part of the artist’s studio collection. This was not the first time that Miller pictured a buffalo surround, but it may have been the first time he inserted Indian women on the left side of the composition as observers of the hunt. The earlier iterations of this scene have Stewart watching from above the fray (CR# 352A).
Peter H. Hassrick
LL: ‘A Surround’/176. LC: more space. CM: dust. Verso on mount: Carrie C. Miller / 3 Oklahoma Terrace / Annapolis/Maryland
The artist; Carrie C Miller, Annapolis, MD; Porter Collection; present owner