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Remarks inscribed in balloons: Why friend your / arm is badly broken / and does not appear / to be half bound; No the Doctor's / just put it up in / boards for the present; That doctor's such a / d-d liar. I don't know / whether to take this stuff or / not . Tho' he says it'll make my face as smooth / as a paring stone.; Doctor I don't know / what's the matter with / my poor sick Fidel - I put / a collar on him t'other night / & he hasn't been well since; Night's a bad time to / put on a collar ma'am / the system being then in / a morbid state - it al-/ways bring on a / cholera a morbus.; What! not recovered / yet friend!!; No - but I am in / hopes this doctor can / recover me - he has / recovered a great many / I'm told; yes he has recovered / a great many - / old books; I say, I lost one of my glarers at Bunker hill / do you think he can recover it?; yes to be sure - why he made my / marie see what never had no / eyes at all.; Doctor say dat / one bottle make me / white as ivory folding tick.; What an odd volume / of smoke comes from it.; T Curra a-me only / tin sucks - toes coming already - shiver my / timbers if I didn't / think it was nothing / but beige water; oh my belly; Don't cry marmy's pet / you'll make your nose as /dirty as a - paste bowl, & / your eyes as gummy / as a glue pot


Maxim Karolik, Newport; Gift to MFA September 21, 1960

Credit Line

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


Catalogue Raisonné

Karolik (1962) cat. 418


Sheet: 20.8 x 33.7 cm (8 3/16 x 13 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Pen and ink; brush and colored washes on paper


Prints and Drawings