The Walters Art Museum
The Walters Art Museum
Latude Making Friends with a Mouse Jean Henri Latude sought to gain the attentions of Mme de Pompadour, Louis XV’s companion, by sending her a poisoned box and then revealing an alleged plot against her. His prank failed and he was imprisoned for many years in the Bastille and Vincennes. While incarcerated, he wrote his memoirs.

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.
General George G. Meade During the American Civil War George G. Meade served as a Union general, he is best known for defeating Confederate General Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. This miniature is a framed section of a steel engraving with hand coloring added to the uniform. The print is probably the widely circulated portrait by Alonzo Chappel (see “National Portrait Gallery of Eminent Americans,” by Evert Augustus Duyckinck, vol. 1, 1861, opp. p. 520).
Urchins Looking at a Lady Lifting Her Skirt McLenan was originally a meat-packer in Cincinnati. He practiced drawing for his own amusement, but later adopted it as a career, emerging as a prolific illustrator.

Here a young crossing-sweaper, a common sight in Victorian streets, and a companion, eye a rich lady’s ankles, exposed as she navigates a dirty pavement.
Leaf from Moralia in Job
Buddha Shakyamuni and Prajnaparamita This is a leaf from a “Prajnaparamita” (Perfection of Wisdom) manuscript. The text, written in Tibetan language and script, is a translation of a Sanskrit text that was produced in India as much as a thousand years earlier. The translation of hundreds and hundreds of texts into Tibetan was an immense cultural achievement.
On the left appears the Buddha Shakyamuni on the night of his enlightenment at Bodhgaya. The tree under which he was enlightened appears above the temple. The goddess at right is Prajnaparamita, a personification of the text or an embodiment of its words. This is the first leaf. The last leaf includes a statement that this sacred object was commissioned by two children for the use of their parents, following their rebirth on earth.
Ashinaga (Long Legs) A carved antler sashi netsuke of Ashinaga carrying an octopus and a fish.
Mandala of Padmavati This is a rare and unusual example if a three-dimensional mandala of the Jain goddess Padmavati, identified by a Devanagari inscription on the front base. The inscription is certainly a later addition by someone who was not familiar with the Kannada language of Karnataka. A comparison of stylistic features from the region (Pal 1994, nos. 67-69) suggests that the mandala is of Karnataka origin. Apart from the similar figural forms and modeling, the design of the throne back and the nimbus are especially distinctive of Karnataka.
Belt Ornament in the Form of a Tiger
Bust of Apollo This piece is on a plaster base painted in imitation of marble.