Days of Real Happiness

Alfred Jacob Miller (1810-1874)

ca. 1860

Ink wash and graphite on paper

This depiction of an everyday scene was one of over 100 drawings completed by Alfred Jacob Miller between 1825 and 1870. The scenes represented in this series show common scenes throughout Baltimore, Maryland and the surrounding areas. Most of the sketches from this period in Miller’s life were accompanied by explanations and humorous commentary. During the 19th century, sledding was a favorite winter activity and it is likely that this scene depicts a moment with his family on their farm.

For Further Thinking: How do we record moments like this today?

Is anything gained or lost in the way that we capture memories today?