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Samuel Johnson and Thomas Davies in a Bookshop (from James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, 1791)
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Samuel Johnson and Thomas Davies in a Bookshop (from James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, 1791)


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Description Thomas Davies sits in his bookshop talking with Samuel Johnson. It was in this bookshop that Johnson met his future biographer and companion James Boswell. 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.
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 [Label] Dr. Johnston & Davis, bookseller
Credit Gift of Decatur and Sally Miller, 1994

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Period
mid 19th century
Medium
pencil, ink, and wash on paper
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
37.2710
Measurements
H: 4 1/16 x W: 5 3/4 in. (10.3 x 14.6 cm)
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  • USA (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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