"Meine Hosen machen mir viel Verdrusz"

Battle of the hose

Friedrich Krebs (American, active in 1790–1815)

Catalogue Raisonné

Karolik cat. no 1334, fig. 354 (Folk artists)


Sheet: 28.4 x 39.2 cm (11 3/16 x 15 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pen and watercolor on paper

Not On View


Americas, Prints and Drawings



Folk art- Fractur. double-page illustration of verses about a pair of pants. Left half: man standing trouserless; a flower left and right. Right half: seven women standing around pair of trousers; a flower left and right.


Verses in pen and ink beginning: Meine Hosen machen mir/ viel Verdrusz... "My trousers are giving me a lot of trouble. It is no wonder that I have lots to cry about. Isn't it terrible how people ridicule me because I am standing so queerly, without pants and without money. The whole world is laughing at me. Look how seven women are fluttering around the good smell of the trousers. Oh how crazy the world is! It is absolutely unbelievable that seven women are fighting over my poor old pants."


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