Affliction in Utah
David Claypoole Johnston (American, 1798–1865)
Not in Karolik (1962) cat.
Sheet: 16 x 16.4 cm (6 5/16 x 6 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Graphite on paper
Not On View
One man at left clasping his hands together at his chest. Another men, right, resting his arms on the man at left.
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
Maxim Karolik, Newport; Gift to MFA October 20, 1955
Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Watercolors and Drawings, 1800–1875