Calligraphic sampler with alphabet poem

1770
Johann Henrich Otto (American, flourished 1770–1786)


Catalogue Raisonné

Karolik cat. no 1363, fig. 373 (Folk artists)

Dimensions

Sheet: 20.8 x 32.9 cm (8 3/16 x 12 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

56.772

Medium or Technique

Watercolor, pen and brown ink on paper

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Watercolors

Folk art- fractur. Writing sampler (or “vorschrift”). Capital letter “Y” with scrolls at left, beginning seven lines of verse in Gothic letters, followed by six in a running German script.

Inscription

LR in ink: geschrieben; ll: Von Johann/ Henrich Otto 1770

Provenance

1956, gift of Maxim Karolik (b. 1893 - d. 1963), Newport, RI, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 11, 1956)

Credit Line

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