For Miller’s commission from William Walters he adapted a scene from Stewart’s playbook, the sporting pursuit and ultimate killing of a grizzly bear. The original painting (CR# 143) hung in Stewart’s castle and featured a rather more spectacular backdrop than this watercolor and two similar works done in later years. Here the bear faces out at the viewer as he attempts to flee his pursuers. Low mountains rise in the distance, but the picture is mostly about the bear and its inevitable fate.
Peter H. Hassrick