The Poor Scrivener

1820–65
David Claypoole Johnston (American, 1798–1865)


Catalogue Raisonné

Not in Karolik (1962) cat.

Dimensions

Sheet: 10.5 x 20 cm (4 1/8 x 7 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

55.763

Medium or Technique

Graphite rubbed for transfer on paper

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Drawings

Man at left leaning back in a chair with his legs draped over another chair, smoking, while a poor scrivener writes at a desk. A boy and another man address the scrivener.

Provenance

Maxim Karolik, Newport; Gift to MFA October 20, 1955

Credit Line

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