July Fourth

Alfred Jacob Millermid 19th century

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum

Miller labeled this sketch "4th July 'The day we celebrate.'" The older woman does not enter into the spirit of the holiday, being startled by fireworks.

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.

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