Henry Raschen may have the distinction of being one of the first California artists to make Native Americans his principal subject. Born in Germany, Raschen emigrated with his family in 1868. He studied in San Francisco, finished his training in Munich, then returned to California. Raschen roamed the state, living among and painting various tribes. Scouting Party is an excellent example of his work, demonstrating his attention, not only to the figures, but also to the rugged landscape. Raschen accompanied General Miles on the expedition that led to the capture of Geronimo and gained acclaim through the patronage of Phoebe Hearst, mother of news magnate William Randolph Hearst.