Memorial: For Christopher Whitney

American
Artist Unidentified artist (American, 19th century)


Catalogue Raisonné

Karolik cat. no 1211 (Folk artists)

Dimensions

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.)

Accession Number

60.834

Medium or Technique

Pen, watercolor, and pricking on paper

Not On View

Collections

Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Watercolors

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.

Inscription

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.

Provenance

1960, gift of Maxim Karolik (b. 1893 - d. 1963), Newport, RI, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 8, 1960)

Credit Line

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