This unfinished watercolor seems to be a preliminary study for one of the late versions of The Lost Green Horn, the William Walter commission of 1859 to 1860 (CR# 147B). The cloud formation sketched in behind the rider, the placement of two small rocks in the lower left foreground, and the fact that there is no red shawl or blanket blowing over the greenhorn’s right shoulder, distinguishes this watercolor from earlier interpretations. This may also be the first time that it occurred to Miller that the rider would probably have carried his quirt in his right hand, rather than his left which also manages the reins. The former scenario might easily have caused a tangle and been potentially dangerous.
Peter H. Hassrick
Verso LL: AJMiller
The artist; [?]; [Edward Eberstadt and Sons, New York, NY]; H.J. Lutcher Stark, Orange, TX, 1959; present owner: Nelda C. and H.J Lutcher Stark Foundation, Orange, Texas, by bequest, 1965, accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art, 1978