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Memorial picture of Sara Regina Klop

(Little Girl Standing in Yellow Dress, Folding Flower in Right Hand in front of Landscape)

about 1836
Jacob Maentel (American (born in Germany), 1763–1863, active in U.S. 1804–1850)


Sheet: 24.0 x 19.7 cm (9 7/16 x 7 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Watercolor on paper

Not On View


Americas, Prints and Drawings



Folk art- portraits. Birth (1832): baptism and memorial (1836)

This graceful little picture is a memorial. The inscription tells the story. Sara Regina Klop was born on October 19, 1832, to Samuel and Eleisa Klop, of Heidelberg, Pennsylvania. She had a short life, dying of gehirnwassersucht (“brain dropsy”) on August 20, 1836—aged just 3 years, 10 months, and 1 day. Sweet though it seems, the work seems more individualized than it is. This sort of composition, showing a young girl facing us against a holding was standard at the time, and Maentel made a number of pictures that are almost identical.


Long inscription in pen and ink below image


By 1980, Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch; 1980, their bequest to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 10, 1980)

Credit Line

Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch