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Portrait of Decatur Howard Miller
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Portrait of Decatur Howard Miller


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Description The artist's younger brother Decatur Howard Miller distinguished himself as a leader of the Baltimore business community. As a young man, he entered the tobacco business of Jacob Heald and eventually succeeded his employer as head of the firm. He continued to direct the business in his own name until 1880. Miller also served as director of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, the Baltimore Dry Dock Company, the Consolidation Coal Company, and the Merchants and Miners Transportation Company, which operated ships along the northeastern Atlantic coast. He was at one point a member of the city council and vice-president of the Board of Trade (1875-1876). D. H. Miller appears to have assumed responsibility for the financial affairs of his brothers and sisters, and it was probably his astuteness as an investor that led to the artist's financial independence.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
1/12/1979Examinationexamined for condition
Exhibitions
  • Alfred Jacob Miller: An Artist on the Oregon Trail. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore; Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth; Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody. 1981-1982.
  • Alfred Jacob Miller: Maryland and the West. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore; Washington College, Chestertown; Frostburg State University, Frostburg; Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, Rockville. 1988.
Provenance Mrs. L. Vernon Miller; given to Walters Art Museum, 1978.
Credit Gift of Mrs. L. Vernon Miller, Sr., 1978

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Period
ca. 1850
Medium
oil on canvas
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
37.2558
Measurements
H: 48 x W: 36 1/2 in. (121.92 x 92.71 cm); Framed H: 60 13/16 × W: 48 13/16 × D: 4 5/16 in. (154.5 × 124 × 11 cm)
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Not On View

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