Pierre and the Buffalo
This is the first version of a rather popular, dramatic scene that Miller recalled from his travels with Stewart. It was drawn specifically for Stewart to be bound into a portfolio for his Murthly Castle library. Unlike later pictorial interpretations of the life-threatening action, Stewart is pictured as saving his fellow hunter. The hunter was Pierre, one of the captain’s favorite companions. Pierre was an impetuous young man who loved to hunt buffalo and loved even more to taunt them after they were wounded. It was a perverse and reckless habit that cost him this famous tumble and, a few years later on, his life.
Peter H. Hassrick
UR: 32. UC: A Wounded Buffalo Overthrowing a Hunter in Pursuit
The artist; Sir William Drummond Stewart (ca. 1839); Frank Nichols; [Chapman’s, Edinburgh, 1871]; Bonamy Mansell Power; willed to Edward Power (1900); by descent to Major G.H. Power, Great Yarmouth, England; [Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc, New York, NY, 1966]; [?]; present owner