Portrait of Delia Varney, July 8, 1837

July 8, 1837
Joseph H. Davis (American, 1811–1865)

Catalogue Raisonné

Karolik cat. no 1113, color plate XV (Folk artists)


Image: 25.6 x 19.5 cm (10 1/16 x 7 11/16 in.) Sheet: 30.2 x 22.2 cm (11 7/8 x 8 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Graphite and watercolor on paper

Not On View


Americas, Prints and Drawings



Folk art- portraits. Woman in light dress with embroidered bertha and apron, standing profile to right, with beaded bag in right hand and book in left. Flowering plant in pot right. Decorated corners and bright rug pattern.


Lower margin in decorative black script (ink): Delia Varney. Aged 35, October 26, 1837./ Painted July 8th 1837.


1951, gift of Maxim Karolik (b. 1893 - d. 1963), Newport, RI, to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 8, 1951)

Credit Line

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