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Affliction in Utah

Inscription

Inscribed above: Bereaned - O dear another wife taken away. Sixteen wives lost / in half the number of years. Oh dear my heart will break / Friend - I feel your woes my dear brother, but you must seek / consolation in prayer to St. John Smith and dwell on / the consoling fact that you still have twenty eight wives / left and eighteen - pairs of suckling twins - moreover / I will loan you half a dozen chore wives for a / few weeks to (something illegible) your grief, if when you / get in your new stock, you / can return the favour. Inscribed below: A Scene of deep affliction / in Utah

Provenance

Maxim Karolik, Newport; Gift to MFA October 20, 1955

Credit Line

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

1820–65

Catalogue Raisonné

Not in Karolik (1962) cat.

Accession Number

55.765

Medium or Technique

Graphite on paper

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