A street-car passenger tries to befuddle the ticket collector with nonsensical conversation. Miller's caption reads:

Conductor?, Do you let Spiders come in here with their great coats on?-Is the ear of a canary bird waterproof, & would it do to make shoes?

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.


  • Title: Afflicted with the Jim-Jams
  • Creator: Alfred Jacob Miller (American, 1810-1874)
  • Date Created: 1872
  • 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: Artist: Alfred Jacob Miller (American, 1810-1874)
  • Provenance: Inherited by L. Vernon Miller, Baltimore [1]; inherited by Katherine B. Miller, Baltimore, 1965; given to Decatur Miller, Baltimore, 1982; given to Walters Art Museum, 1994. [1] passed directly from the artist down through his family.
  • Object Type: drawings
  • Medium: ink and wash on paper
  • Inscriptions: [Label] Afflicted with "Jim Jams" on city Car Conductor? Do you let spiders come in here with their great coats on?-Is the ear of canary bird water proof & would it do to make shoes?; [Date] On reverse: Dec 30/72
  • Exhibitions: The Recollections of Alfred Jacob Miller. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1996-1997., Recollections of a Baltimore Artist: Sketches by Alfred Jacob Miller (1810-1874). The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2004.
  • Dimensions: H: 4 1/4 x W: 5 7/8 in. (10.8 x 15 cm)
  • Credit Line: Gift of Decatur and Sally Miller, 1994
  • Classification: Painting & Drawing
  • Accession Number: 37.2685

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