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    ALFRED JACOB MILLER (American, 1810-1874)
    Rocky Pass in a Storm, Caravan Crossing the Heights, circa 1837
    Ink, ink wash, and white pencil on paper laid on board
    8-3/8 x 10-1/2 inches (21.3 x 26.7 cm) (sheet)
    13-1/4 x 17-1/4 inches (33.7 x 43.8 cm) (board)
    Titled along lower margin: Rocky Pass - in a Storm - Caravan crossing / the heights.-
    Inscribed upper left: 74

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF EARL C. ADAMS, SAN MARINO, CALIFORNIA

    PROVENANCE:
    The artist;
    Sir William Drummond Stewart, circa 1839;
    Frank Nichols;
    Sale: Chapman's, Edinburgh, Scotland, June 16-17, 1871;
    Bonamy Mansell Power;
    Edward Power, bequest from the above, 1900;
    By descent to Major G.H. Power, Great Yarmouth, England;
    Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, May 6, 1966, lot 62;
    Dawson's Book Shop, Los Angeles, California, 1966;
    Earl C. Adams, San Marino, California, 1966;
    By descent to present owners.

    EXHIBITED:
    Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado, April 15-24, 1966;
    Old Mint, San Francisco, California, June 16-September 15, 1973;
    Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California, November 10, 1973-January 6, 1974.

    LITERATURE:
    Murthly sale notices;
    S. Knox, "83 Drawings from 1837 Trek to Rockies are Auctioned Here," The New York Times, May 7, 1966, p. 28;
    Dawson's Book Shop, Northwest Coast, Los Angeles, California, n.d., cat. 361, n.p., no. 260, illustrated;
    J. Baird, The West Remembered, San Francisco, California, 1973, p.19, no. 3, illustrated;
    R. Tyler, ed., K. D. Reynolds, W. R. Johnston, Alfred Jacob Miller: Artist on the Oregon Trail, Fort Worth, Texas, 1982, p. 260, no. 167.


    Condition Report*:

    Slight buckling throughout sheet; tiny pinholes at all four corners and at top center edge; small .25 inch tear at center left edge as well as minor pinpoints of brownish accretions near caravan trail; matted to an overall size of 17.5 x 18.375 inches framed under glass.

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