Motto, with birds and flowers: "Kehr dich auch nicht. . ."

Possibly by Elisabeth Messner (American, 19th century)

Catalogue Raisonné

Karolik cat. no 1336, fig. 356 (Folk artists)


25.72 x 20.32 cm (10 1/8 x 8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pen and watercolor on paper

Not On View


Americas, Prints and Drawings



Folk art- fractur. Heart with verses, centered in design of four birds and pot of carnations.


Inscribed in ink inside heart: "Kehr dich auch nicht / an jederman, der dir vor au-/ gen dienen kan: Nicht alles gehet / von herzens-grund, was schön / und lieblich redt / der mund."
Below in brown ink: two-line inscription; lower center in red: Elisabeth Messner


1950, gift of Maxim Karolik (b. 1893 - d. 1963), Newport, RI, to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 14, 1950)

Credit Line

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