Memorial: For Christopher Whitney

Artist Unidentified artist (American, 19th century)

Catalogue Raisonné

Karolik cat. no 1211 (Folk artists)


Image: 20.0 x 24.9 cm (7 7/8 x 9 13/16 in.) Sheet: 20.3 x 25.7 cm (8 x 10 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pen, watercolor, and pricking on paper

Not On View


Prints and Drawings



Folk art- memorial. Mother at right side of funerary urn, boy and infant at left, angel above. Willow left, house right, other trees in background.


On base of urn in pen and ink: Sacred to the memory/ of/ Christopher Whitney/ who died Feby 15, 1824/ AE 4 months./ The beauteous child in gone!/ The much lov'd object's fled!; In margin below in pen: O lovely child! it's been thy fate, To meet an early grave! Your parents kind and anxious care, Could not their offspring save. Now, lovely plant we mourn thy fate! But hope shall dry our eyes; In a few years, O rapturous thought, We meet in yonder skies.


1960, gift of Maxim Karolik (b. 1893 - d. 1963), Newport, RI, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 8, 1960)

Credit Line

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