Sketchbook of 1828 and 1841

Henry Cheever Pratt (American, 1803–1880)

Catalogue Raisonné

Karolik (1962) cat. 614


Leaves: 19.5 x 12 cm (7 11/16 x 4 3/4 in.) Binding boards: 20 x 12.6 x 1.5 cm (7 7/8 x 4 15/16 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Sketchbook with graphite pencil and pen and black ink, sixty-five leaves bound in marbled paper boards

Not On View


Americas, Prints and Drawings



65 leaves. Slight drawings and notes made chiefly on tour of the White Mountains in 1828 with Thomas Cole. Included are a pencil sketch of Cole seated with drawing pad; “View of Winnepisiogee (sic.) from Meredith;” sketch of the children of Henry C. Pratt, “Ruins of Carthage” with description on facing page; two stanzas of a poem by T. C. (Thomas Cole); an 11-page “(private) catalogue of Portraits done at providence R.I. 1830,” with prices; diary and descriptive notations of the artist’s pictures; some architectural studies.


Inscribed on fly leaf in graphite: Henry Pratt / Boston 1828 / Sketch Book / Respectfully dedicated to / SAL Johnson and her / adored Thomas Cole Esqr / Artist ... Notes in other hands; Notes inscribed throughout.


Collection of Mrs. Alice S. Robinson, great-granddaughter of the artist. Maxim Karolik, Newport; Gift to MFA May 10, 1961

Credit Line

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