The Mill, New York, 1851, signed and dated lower right "W. R. Miller 1851/NY(?)", watercolor on paper, 15 x 21 in.; carved gilt wood and composition frame, 28 x 34 in.
Note: Exhibited: The Glory of Landscape, Pelham Art Center, Pelham, New York, May 9-June 21 2008.
In 1840, tobacco magnate Pierre Lorillard built the first tobacco processing mill in the country, on the Bronx River. That building was constructed out of field stone, and remains on the site of the New York Botanical Gardens. In the 1852 American Art Union catalog, entry #304 is a watercolor William Rickarby Miller titled "Lorillards's Mills", with the size 21 3/4 X 15 3/4. While the mill in this image is clearly wood and not stone, it is possible that this is the same painting in the collection of the American Art Union in 1852.
Provenance: (possibly) the American Art Union, 1852 (see note); Private Collection, Mount Vernon, New York
archivally supported on Japan paper, hinged at top, possible repaired tear at upper edge; frame with wear and small losses to decoration