John H. Crispell (American, 19th century)

Catalogue Raisonné

Karolik cat. no 1261, fig. 323 (Folk artists)


Image: 44.5 x 38.9 cm (17 1/2 x 15 5/16 in.) Sheet: 50.6 x 40.3 cm (19 15/16 x 15 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Black and colored crayon, pen and watercolor on paper

Not On View


Americas, Prints and Drawings


Drawings / Watercolors

Folk art- various. Decorated cross center; crested bird on foliage above. City streets with steepled buildings behind. Boy seated under tree left with dog, flying bird, squirrel and rabbit. Toy soldiers near cross; tiny chairs and benches beneath two trees right.


Near soldiers in pen and ink:how to hunt; lower margin: John H. Crispell... Pictorial Publisher, title and The cross is heavy friens you see/ So I will let, The Cross/ bare me


Maxim Karolik (1893-1963, Newport); by whom given to MFA June 8, 1964; accessioned February 14, 1962

Credit Line

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