A student of Thomas Sully, the famed artist who painted the image of President Andrew Jackson that now adorns the $20 bill, American painter Alfred Jacob Miller was never short of an artistic education.


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What the Baltimore native lacked, though, was inspiration and recognition, both of which he gained when Scottish nobleman William Drummond Stewart hired him to record his hunting and fur trading expedition to the Rocky Mountains in 1837. For the rest of his life, Miller used the experiences and sketches from this six–month trip for his paintings.