A Stickler For the Letter of the Law

Alfred Jacob Miller1825-1870

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum

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).

"A Stickler for the letter of the Law. - 'Carry me to prison' 'Carry me did you say' 'Blur Nouns [?]' 'I won't stir a ha'porth - Let's see you carry me, Ye bloody thafe of the woruld." -Miller

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  • Title: A Stickler For the Letter of the Law
  • Creator: Alfred Jacob Miller (American, 1810-1874)
  • Date Created: 1825-1870
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Painter: Alfred Jacob Miller (American, 1810-1874)
  • 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.
  • Object Type: albums; drawings; watercolors
  • Medium: wash on paper
  • Inscriptions: [Inscription] A Stickler for the letter of the Law.- "Carry me to prison" "Carry me dd you say?" "Blur Nouns (?)" "I won't stir a ha'porth- Let's see you 'carry me,' Ye bloody thafe of the woruld."; [Monogram] Lower right: AJM.
  • Geography: Place of Origin: United States
  • Dimensions: H: 5 x W: 4 1/2 in. (12.7 x 11.4 cm)
  • Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. William Middendorf II, 1970
  • Classification: Painting & Drawing
  • Accession Number: 37.2468.43


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