The artist has portrayed himself at about the age of forty. He has chosen an oval format and has applied the pigments extremely thinly in smooth brush strokes, as was characteristic of many of his mature works. Other self-portraits include a small oil sketch on academy board painted about 1827, a pencil sketch probably made during his western trip in 1837, and a later work showing him as a bearded individual.


  • Title: Self-Portrait
  • Creator: Alfred Jacob Miller (American, 1810-1874)
  • Date Created: ca. 1850
  • 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: Mrs. L. Vernon Miller, Sr. [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1978, by gift.
  • Object Type: paintings
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Geography: Place of Origin: United States
  • Exhibitions: Notable Marylanders in Portraiture. Government House, Annapolis. 1999-2000., A Baltimore Watchman: An Exhibition of Drawings by Alfred Jacob Miller. Government House, Annapolis. 1996., 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., Recollections of a Baltimore Artist: Sketches by Alfred Jacob Miller (1810-1874). The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2004.
  • Dimensions: H: 30 x W: 24 15/16 in. (76.2 x 63.4 cm)
  • Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. L. Vernon Miller, Sr., 1978
  • Classification: Painting & Drawing
  • Accession Number: 37.2556

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