Memorial: For Christopher Whitney
Artist Unidentified artist (American, 19th century)
Karolik cat. no 1211 (Folk artists)
Image: 20.0 x 24.9 cm (7 7/8 x 9 13/16 in.) Sheet: 20.3 x 25.7 cm (8 x 10 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Pen, watercolor, and pricking on paper
Not On View
Folk art- memorial. Mother at right side of funerary urn, boy and infant at left, angel above. Willow left, house right, other trees in background.
On base of urn in pen and ink: Sacred to the memory/ of/ Christopher Whitney/ who died Feby 15, 1824/ AE 4 months./ The beauteous child in gone!/ The much lov'd object's fled!; In margin below in pen: O lovely child! it's been thy fate, To meet an early grave! Your parents kind and anxious care, Could not their offspring save. Now, lovely plant we mourn thy fate! But hope shall dry our eyes; In a few years, O rapturous thought, We meet in yonder skies.
1960, gift of Maxim Karolik (b. 1893 - d. 1963), Newport, RI, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 8, 1960)
Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Watercolors and Drawings, 1800–1875