staying with Herr Kurz and his journal, another bit I want to share with you.
First, a little note he writes about the American horses he saw in Saint Louis early in his adventure:
''During the first 3 months of the year 1848 I painted a number of horses from life.
I saw them all day long, standing before my window. American horses are bred
from no particular stock but area product of much cross-breeding.
They are, on the whole, excellentfor riding but not strong enough for draft horses.
Indian ponies - dwarfed horses — resemble in many respects the spirited
but some-what delicate Breton trotters.''
Second, about the backwoods farmers, cattle and horses.. for their wives:
paintings of George Caleb Bingham - from Wikipedia