Description As is common with Miller's sketches, this scene includes a humorous caption: "This stupid fellow has been reading the paper for near two hours, - I should like to choke him." 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 ; inherited by Katherine B. Miller, Baltimore, 1965; given to Decatur Miller, Baltimore, 1982; given to Walters Art Museum, 1994.  passed directly from the artist down through his family.
Inscriptions [Label] This stupid fellow has been reading the paper for near two hours, - I should like to choke him.
Credit Gift of Decatur and Sally Miller, 1994
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