For Eunice Pinney

Eunice Griswold Holcombe Pinney (American, 1770–1849)

Catalogue Raisonné

Karolik cat. no 1222, color plate XVIII (Folk artists)


Sheet: 41.9 x 48.9 cm (16 1/2 x 19 1/4 in.) oval Framed: 56.8 x 69.9 cm (22 3/8 x 27 1/2 in.) oval

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Watercolor and pricking on paper

Not On View


Americas, Prints and Drawings



Folk art- memorials. Man, woman, boy and girl beside tomb under weeping willow. Road over arched bridge spanning river right leading to village with church.


Inscribed on tomb, in brown ink: In memory of / Eunice Pinney, who died aged . / We want but little; nor that little, long; / How soon must we resign our verry dust, / Which frugal nature lent us for an hour, / What, tho we wade in wealth, or soar in fame? / Earth's highest station ends in, "Here he lies, / And "Dust to dust" concludes her noblest song. / Heav'n gives the needful but neglected call / What day, what hour, but knocks at human hearts / To wake the soul to sing [?] of future scenes"
The inscription reads: "For Oliver Hector Holcombe if he will get it framed: / Dear children pray now and then cast / A sorrowful thought upon me / You see where you'r coming at last / Prepare you for eternity / This piece is the product of one week. Finished / by your disponding mother June 13- 1813 / Who worships the great God; that instant joints / The first in heav'n, and sets foot on hell./Faith builds a bridge from this world to the next, / O'r death's dark gulf; and all its horror hides;"


1960, gift of Maxim Karolik (b. 1893 - d. 1963), Newport, RI, to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 14, 1960)

Credit Line

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