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Memorial: For Christopher Whitney

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On base of urn in pen and ink: Sacred to the memory/ of/ Christopher Whitney/ who died Feby 15, 1824/ AE 4 months./ The beauteous child in gone!/ The much lov'd object's fled!; In margin below in pen: O lovely child! it's been thy fate, To meet an early grave! Your parents kind and anxious care, Could not their offspring save. Now, lovely plant we mourn thy fate! But hope shall dry our eyes; In a few years, O rapturous thought, We meet in yonder skies.


Maxim Karolik (1893-1963, Newport); by whom given to MFA June 8, 1960

Credit Line

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

Catalogue Raisonné

Karolik cat. no 1211 (Folk artists)


Image: 20.0 x 24.9 cm (7 7/8 x 9 13/16 in.) Sheet: 20.3 x 25.7 cm (8 x 10 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Pen, watercolor, and pricking on paper


Prints and Drawings