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View of Boston from Chelsea

Merrill Greene Wheelock (American, 1822–1866)

Place Depicted: Boston, Massachuesetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Karolik cat. no 717


Sheet: 31.6 x 49.8 cm (12 7/16 x 19 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Watercolor on paper

Not On View


Americas, Prints and Drawings



Domed Statehouse in distance. Tug, steamers and sailing boats in middle distance center. Corner of wharf in foreground left. Reflections in water.


On back of original mount in graphite: A mere lazy trial sketch in partial imitation of the / style only of one whose great and renowned excellence / ought to have deterred me, together with my great admiration for him/ from it. It is lucky however that my mental and bodily / condition at this time rendered it impossible for to attain / enough truth of resemblance to subject a libel suit/ M. G. W. 1866 (The subject matter of the sketch is a mere recollection / of the splendid Harbor view from Chelsea- of which I / made another afterwards from an outline pencil sketch / that I happened to turn in looking over my things.)


Maxim Karolik, Newport; Gift to MFA September 18, 1958

Credit Line

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