Calligraphy sample with the hymn "Bist du denn, Jesu"

Unidentified artist, American, about 1840, Possibly by Johannes Dederck (born in 1796)

Catalogue Raisonné

Karolik cat. no 1361, fig. 372 (Folk artists)


Sheet: 19.5 x 32.2 cm (7 11/16 x 12 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Red and brown ink and watercolor on paper

Not On View


Americas, Prints and Drawings



Folk art- fractur. Calligraphic sample based on the hymn “Bist du denn, Jesu, mit deiner Huelf … ” written by Joachim Neander (German, 1650-1680). Written in Germany, the hymn was published several times in German Pennsylvania as well.


LL in red ink: Johannes Dederck dn 5/ Marz 1796; on verso in ink: Diese Vorschrift gehort mir John Deturck; below in larger letters: Johannes Deturck


1956, gift of Maxim Karolik (b. 1893 - d. 1963), Newport, RI, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 7, 1956)

Credit Line

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