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Memorial picture of Sara Regina Klop

(Little Girl Standing in Yellow Dress, Folding Flower in Right Hand in front of Landscape)

American
about 1836
Jacob Maentel (American (born in Germany), 1763–1863, active in U.S. 1804–1850)


Dimensions

Sheet: 24.0 x 19.7 cm (9 7/16 x 7 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

1980.485

Medium or Technique

Watercolor on paper

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Watercolors

Folk art- portraits. Birth (1832): baptism and memorial (1836)


This graceful little picture is a memorial. The inscription tells the story. Sara Regina Klop was born on October 19, 1832, to Samuel and Eleisa Klop, of Heidelberg, Pennsylvania. She had a short life, dying of gehirnwassersucht (“brain dropsy”) on August 20, 1836—aged just 3 years, 10 months, and 1 day. Sweet though it seems, the work seems more individualized than it is. This sort of composition, showing a young girl facing us against a holding was standard at the time, and Maentel made a number of pictures that are almost identical.

Inscription

Long inscription in pen and ink below image

Provenance

By 1980, Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch; 1980, their bequest to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 10, 1980)

Credit Line

Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch