Alfred Jacob Miller: 10 works

A slideshow of artworks auto-selected from multiple collections

By Google Arts & Culture

Untitled: Study for Françoise Ravel as Ventalaw (1855-1859) by Alfred Jacob Miller (American, 1810-1874)The Walters Art Museum

'Baltimore artist Alfred Jacob Miller is known primarily for his paintings of the American West, but his interests extended beyond this subject. 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.'

Gabriel Ravel as Simon (1855-1859) by Alfred Jacob Miller (American, 1810-1874)The Walters Art Museum

'The interests of Miller are clearly reflected in these sketches: the theater (a large portion being quick figure drawings of the Ravel Pantomime Troupe), studies of works by the Old Masters, literary illustrations, childhood memories, Baltimore scenery, and witty scenes of characters.'

A Young Woman of the Flat Head Tribe (1858-1860) by Alfred Jacob Miller (American, 1810-1874)The Walters Art Museum

'In July 1858 William T. Walters commissioned 200 watercolors at twelve dollars apiece from Baltimore born artist Alfred Jacob Miller.'

Snake Indians Shooting Elk (1858-1860) by Alfred Jacob Miller (American, 1810-1874)The Walters Art Museum

'Transcriptions of field-sketches drawn during the 1837 expedition that Miller had undertaken to the annual fur-trader's rendezvous in the Green River Valley (in what is now western Wyoming), these watercolors are a unique record of the closing years of the western fur trade.'

Chinook Indian: Columbia River (1858-1860) by Alfred Jacob Miller (American, 1810-1874)The Walters Art Museum

'It was probably the "Asiatic type, the eyes being almond shaped and slightly turned up at the corners," that attracted Miller to paint this Chinook Indian portrait. He was a "favorable specimen, about 22 years of age," and holding a remarkable bow made of elk-horn with a sinew string, which Miller also drew.'

Shoshonee [sic] Indians - Fording a River (1858-1860) by Alfred Jacob Miller (American, 1810-1874)The Walters Art Museum

'Miller, extracted from "The West of Alfred Jacob Miller" (1837). In July 1858 William T. Walters commissioned 200 watercolors at twelve dollars apiece from Baltimore born artist Alfred Jacob Miller.'

Hawkins Point Farm (1825-1870) by Alfred Jacob Miller (American, 1810-1874)The Walters Art Museum

'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.'

School Room (1825-1870) by Alfred Jacob Miller (American, 1810-1874)The Walters Art Museum

'He filled many journals with drawings and captions from the time he was studying in Paris and Rome (1833) until the 1870's.'

Incident of a Voyage to New Orleans (1825-1870) by Alfred Jacob Miller (American, 1810-1874)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.'

Ringing the New Year In (1810-1874) by Alfred Jacob Miller (American, 1810-1874)The Walters Art Museum

'The interests of Miller are clearly reflected in these sketches: the theater, childhood memories, Baltimore scenery, and witty scenes of characters.'

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