Dropping Mission, Bitoi River (Kicking It Off)

Barse Miller, American, 1904 - 1973


July 1943

Transparent watercolor over graphite indications on heavy wove paper

Overall: 14 5/8 × 21 11/16 in. (37.1 × 55.1 cm)

Frame: 22 1/2 × 29 1/2 in. (57.2 × 74.9 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Philip H. Greene, in memory of his wife and co-collector, Marjorie B. Greene



Place Made: United States, North America


20th century

Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Signed lower right: Barse Miller Capt. C.E.; inscribed and dated, lower left: Dropping Mission, Bitoi River July 1943; inscribed, in ink, on reverse, "KICKING IT OFF / REBEL, A C47 33rd T.C. Sqdr. July 14, 1943 / BARSE MILLER CAPT. CE. [last light in graphite] WATERMARK: none

Exhibition History

California Style Watercolors from the Philip H. Greene Collection, Edward-Dean Museum of Decorative Arts, Benjamin J. and Mary A. Rabe Gallery, Cherry Valley, CA, June 2-July 31, 1996. Ill. in accompanying brochure.

Coastline to Skyline: The Philip H. Greene Gift of California Watercolors, 1930-1960, Harrington Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, October 11, 2008-January 4, 2009.

Publication History

Barbara J. MacAdam, Coastline to Skyline: The Philip H. Greene Gift of California Watercolors, 1930-1960, Hanover: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 2008, p. 52, no. 10.

"Visions of California-The Story of California Scene Painting," nationally distributed television film, produced by KOCE-TV, Huntington Beach, CA, 1994.

Paul J. Karlstrom, The Philip H. Greene Gift of California Watercolors, American Art Review, Volume XX, Number 6, Leawood, Kansas: American Arts Media, Inc., November-December, 2008, ill. p. 128.


Atelier Doré, Inc., San Francisco, California; sold to Philip H. Greene (1925-2014), July 10, 1990; given to present collection, 2007.

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