Study for "The Drawing Room"

New Year's Call

about 1842
James Goodwyn Clonney (American (born in England), 1812–67)

Catalogue Raisonné

Karolik (1962) cat. 159


Sheet: 6.5 x 8.6 cm (2 9/16 x 3 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Watercolor and gouache with traces of graphite on paper

Not On View


Americas, Prints and Drawings



Gentleman bowing to lady, standing right; second man turning head toward statue of Venus reflected in mirror left. Man servant seen through half open door in rear. Chandelier upper right. Study for painting, “The Drawing Room,” or “New Year’s Call,” 1842.


Maxim Karolik, Newport; Gift to MFA September 21, 1960

Credit Line

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