Magic Lake

Unidentified artist, American, about 1840, After John Sartain (American (born in England), 1808–1897)

Catalogue Raisonné

Karolik cat. no 1191, fig. 287 (Folk artists)


Overall: 52.1 x 70.5cm (20 1/2 x 27 3/4in.) Framed: 62.9 x 78.1 cm (24 3/4 x 30 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Black and white chalk on prepared paper (sandpaper)

Not On View


Americas, Prints and Drawings



Folk art- Sandpapers and pastels. Fantastic landscape framed by entrance of grotto. Two small girls, one with wand, standing on shore of moonlit lake center. Ghostly figures above wooded shore left. Arched rock right. After an engraving by John Sartain after James Hamilton, “The Magic Lake, a scene from The Pilgrim of Love,” for Sartain’s Magazine. Found near Chester, VT. Another version 65.1313


LL scratched: title


Maxim Karolik (1893-1963, Newport); by whom given to MFA June 8, 1964; accessioned February 14, 1962

Credit Line

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