Love of the Physical World: Painting What Exists Because It Exists
A counterpart to the Harnett painting taken from nature rather than culture is this painting by Alfred Jacob Miller, who traveled with Captain William Drummond Stewart in the 1830s.
Independence Rock was worthy of being painted simply because it was the first bump on the prairie before reaching the Rocky Mountains.
The most famous landmark on the Oregon Trail east of the South Pass, it rises 150 feet above the Sweetwater River.
Note the antelope playing in the foreground.
Alfred Jacob Miller, Independence Rock, 1830s, Walters Art Gallery