Clothing sketches modeled after Alfred Jacob Miller’s artwork. Alfred Jacob Miller was the only artist to document the Fur Trade area. Many of his sketches and paintings portray the famous rendezvous.
For enthusiasts of the western fur trade, there are precious few articles of clothing and personal gear of the trappers. Accurate re-creation of the period becomes difficult, especially since late 19th and early 20th century artists greatly stereotyped the image of the “mountain man.”
Fortunately, there was an able and talented artist who was there – Alfred Jacob Miller.
Miller was a classically trained artist. Upon being hired by William Drummand Stewart, A Scottish Nobleman. Miller captured Stewart’s journey visually. As a result it was a literal grand tour of the Western fur trade including an American Fur Company caravan. Miller was the only artist known to have sketched and painted a rendezvous and pre-1840 mountaineers.
The purpose of this sketchbook is to bring together the most usable information about the clothing and accoutrements of the original mountaineers.