Affliction in Utah

1820–65
David Claypoole Johnston (American, 1798–1865)


Catalogue Raisonné

Not in Karolik (1962) cat.

Dimensions

Sheet: 16 x 16.4 cm (6 5/16 x 6 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

55.765

Medium or Technique

Graphite on paper

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Drawings

One man at left clasping his hands together at his chest. Another men, right, resting his arms on the man at left.

Inscription

Inscribed above: Bereaned - O dear another wife taken away. Sixteen wives lost / in half the number of years. Oh dear my heart will break / Friend - I feel your woes my dear brother, but you must seek / consolation in prayer to St. John Smith and dwell on / the consoling fact that you still have twenty eight wives / left and eighteen - pairs of suckling twins - moreover / I will loan you half a dozen chore wives for a / few weeks to (something illegible) your grief, if when you / get in your new stock, you / can return the favour.
Inscribed below: A Scene of deep affliction / in Utah

Provenance

Maxim Karolik, Newport; Gift to MFA October 20, 1955

Credit Line

Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Watercolors and Drawings, 1800–1875