Boy in a Rocking Chair

Boy in a Rocking Chair
Little is known of Samuel Miller except that he was born in Boston about 1807, lived in neighboring Charlestown where he was listed in 1852 as a portrait painter, and died of heart disease in Boston in 1853. Most of his sixteen known portraits are colorful, full-length likenesses of children. This unidentified boy sits in a rocking chair, holding a book titled Georgey open to an illustration of a bird. A mysterious lone wanderer is visible in the background, walking with a cane and carrying a white sack over his shoulder. Miller’s ability to combine decorative color and pattern, with charming childlike facial features, such as large eyes and full cheeks, gives his portraits considerable appeal.
Physical dimensions: 
height 51 in ; width 38.6250 in