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Serenaders Under the Wrong Window


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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). "Serenaders under the wrong window! Quaker gent - 'My friends,- I think in thy song, I heard the expressions of 'Home Sweet Home' & that there was no place like Home. - Truly Friends I agree with Thee & now advise Thee to go Home.'" -Miller
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.
  • Private Lives: Nineteenth Century American Genre Drawings. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1994-1995.
  • 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, McLean, VA; Walters Art Museum, 1974, by gift.
Inscriptions [Inscription] Sereneders "under the wrong window!" Quaker Gent- "My friends,- I think in thy song, I heard the expressions of 'Home Sweek Home' & that there was "no" place like "Home." "Truly- Friends I agree with Thee & now advise Thee to go home."
Credit Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. William Middendorf II, 1974

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Period
1825-1870
Medium
ink and wash on paper
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
37.2519.8
Measurements
13 7/16 x 16 5/16 in. (34.2 x 41.4 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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