The Fairmount waterworks, Philadelphia

Unknown American, 19th century

Catalogue Raisonné

Karolik cat. no 1182, fig. 280 (Folk artists)


Sheet: 48.4 x 70.8 cm (19 1/16 x 27 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Black and white chalk, graphite and pen on prepared board (sandpaper)

Not On View


Americas, Prints and Drawings



Folk art- sandpaper. Buildings of waterworks seen from river with steps leading to gazebo on terrace and to fenced reservoir at top. Suspension bridge at right, city beyond. Cf. engraving by J. Sartain after J. Hamilton.


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