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Beach at Cape May
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Beach at Cape May


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Description Cape May, New Jersey, is among the oldest American seaside resorts, hosting vacationers from the mid-Atlantic region from the 18th century forward. In this drawing, Miller pokes gentle fun at leisure travelers. Two men seated on folding stools sit on the sand despite clouds of annoying insects. The caption reads: Consolation for the afflicted!-who cannot go to Cape May,-viz- "Can't get away Club", -"when there is a land breeze,-two gangs of mosquitoes are laid on!!-the wide-awake squad, reserved for the night!!!" Alfred Jacob Miller was a prolific sketcher. He filled many journals with drawings and captions from the time he was studying in Paris and Rome (1833) until the 1870's. The varied interests of Miller are clearly reflected in these sketches: rural sites, studies after Old Master paintings, illustrations of literature, and comical scenes and characters. This sketch comes from the family album of L. Vernon Miller, which contains works that have passed down through the Miller family directly from the artist.
Exhibitions
  • The Recollections of Alfred Jacob Miller. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1996-1997.
  • Recollections of a Baltimore Artist: Sketches by Alfred Jacob Miller (1810-1874). The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2004.
  • Setting Sail: Drawings of the Sea from WAM. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2011.
Provenance Inherited by L. Vernon Miller, Baltimore [1]; inherited by Katherine B. Miller, Baltimore, 1965; given to Decatur Miller, Baltimore, 1982; given to Walters Art Museum, 1994. [1] passed directly from the artist down through his family.
Inscriptions [Inscribed] Beach at Cape May; [Label] Consolation for the afflicted!-who cannot go to Cape May-viz-cant away club, when there is a land breeze-two gangs of mosquitoes are laid on us!! the wide awake squad, reserved for the night!!!; [Monogram] Lower left: AJM
Credit Gift of Decatur and Sally Miller, 1994

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Period
ca. 1840
Medium
ink on paper
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
37.2675
Measurements
H: 4 5/8 x W: 6 in. (11.7 x 15.3 cm)
Geographies
  • USA (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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