Description Baltimore artist, 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. In 1969 a collection of 100 of these sketches was generously donated to the Walters Art Museum by J. William Middendorf II. The interests of Miller are clearly reflected in these sketches: the theater (a large portion being quick figure drawings of the Ravel Pantomime Troupe), childhood memories, Baltimore scenery, and witty scenes of characters. (See The Walters Art Gallery Bulletin, April, 1969, Vol. 21, No. 7, Pages 3-4). "Scene from 'Little Dorrit.' Mr. Merdle stands in awe of his chief butler, & takes his tea behind the door, when that magnificent funtionary appears. [from Charles Dickens' Little Dorrit (1855); Mr. Merdle is a banker who becomes insolvent and commits suicide]" -Miller
- 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.
- A Baltimore Watchman: An Exhibition of Drawings by Alfred Jacob Miller. Government House, Annapolis. 1996.
- Recollections of a Baltimore Artist: Sketches by Alfred Jacob Miller (1810-1874). The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2004.
Provenance L. Vernon Miller, by inheritance; Kennedy Galleries, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Mr. and Mrs. J. William Middendorf II, New York; Walters Art Museum, 1971, by gift.
Inscriptions [Inscription] Scene from "Little Dorrit." Mr. Merdle stands in awe of his chief butler, & takes his tea behind the door, when that magnificent functionary appears. [from Charles Dickens' "Little Dorrit" (1855); Mr. Merdle is a banker who becomes insolvent and commits suicide]
Credit Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. William Middendorf II, 1970
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