Miller preserved his sketches and copied from them throughout his career. In 1858 when William T. Walters, a Baltimore art collector, grain merchant, and liquor wholesaler, commissioned two hundred watercolors from the artist, Miller worked from his portrait sketch of Antoine (CR# 52) to produce this more finished painting as a part of that commission. Miller showed the hunter hatless and wearing his familiar fringed buckskin jacket. He rests his too small and delicate right hand on the muzzle of his rifle, and his long, dark hair drapes over his shoulders. Instead of a knife (the handle of which is visible in the sketch (CR# 52), Miller shows Antoine with a pistol in his belt (Ross, 1968, 37).
The artist; William T. Walters, Baltimore MD; present owner