It is difficult to determine where this version of a popular Miller theme fits. It is obviously a pastiche, with the figures of Stewart and a fellow hunter, probably Antoine, added to the composition as a second thought. Perhaps, considering the date of the work, around 1840, it was a study for a large oil intended for display at Murthly Castle. The original study may not have included Miller’s patron, and may have been altered to accommodate Stewart’s ego.
Peter H. Hassrick
LL: XV / 1840
The artist; [?]; Messrs. Dunlap, Streeter, Wicker, Wills, and Zabriskie, 1949; present owner by gift