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The Thirsty Trapper is recorded in the Alfred Jacob Miller Catalogue Raisonné as number 459B.

The artist wrote, “One of the greatest privations to be combated on the prairies is the want of water. The Trapper leaves his camp in the morning, and after traveling all day under a hot and oppressive sun, his tongue parched and swollen, and almost cleaving to the roof of his mouth;–you may fancy, under such circumstances with what delight he hails at a distance, the life-giving stream.

“The subject of the sketch is an Indian girl supplying an exhausted Trapper with a draught of water, which she has brought in a Buffalo horn.

“To fully appreciate the boon, one must absolutely go through the ordeal, by being subjected to the privation,–it is impossible otherwise.”

PROVENANCE
American Art, Union, NY 1851
Smith Van Buren 1852
Sotheby Parke Bernet 1980
Jonathan (Jack) Westervelt-Warner, Tuscaloosa, AL
Christies, New York, NY (Private Sale) 2016
Private Collection, New York, NY

EXHIBITED
American Art, Union, NY, Dec 15-17, 1852
Sotheby Parke Bernet, October 11-16, 1980
Westervelt-Warner Museum of American Art, Tuscaloosa, AL

LITERATURE
Lisa Strong, The Art of Alfred Jacob Miller (Fort Worth, TX: Amon Carter Museum, 2008), pp 135-36, illustrated

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