"E Pluribus Unum" (with figure of woman)

John Vanminian (American, 19th century)

Catalogue Raisonné

Karolik cat. no 1340, fig. 359 (Folk artists)


Sheet: 19.2 x 15.4 cm (7 9/16 x 6 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Watercolor, pen and brown ink on paper

Not On View


Americas, Prints and Drawings



Folk art- Fractur- American eagle, clover leaves and floral medallions on either side of narrow panel containing profile figure of woman in long, low-necked dress. By same hand as birth certificate of Sarah Harley, born 1791: “Done by me John Vanminian,” Lorimer Sale, part I, p. 59, no. 390, ill.; Arther J. Sussell Sale, Parke-Bernet, part I, Oct. 24, 1958, p. 55, no. 317. Also “George Washington,” dated 1842, Geesey Coll., Philadelphia Museum of Art; “Johannes Lefler seine frau,” Schwenkfelder Library, Pennsburg, Pa.; birth certificate of Elisabetha Geschwind, born 1805, Berks County, ill. Portfolio, Jan. 1945, p. 101; and birth and baptismal certificate of Susannah Guysinger, 1825, il. Art of America, vol. XLII, no. 2, May 1954, p. 144. The two later, ill. Shelley, Fraktur-Writings, fig. 293.


Under eagles in ink on both sides: Epluribus Unum


George H. Lorimer; 1956, gift of Maxim Karolik (b. 1893 - d. 1963), Newport, RI, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 11, 1956)

Credit Line

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