Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

Welcome to the Spencer Collection

St. Jacob's Well
  • Margaret Evelyn Whittemore
    1897–1983
    born: Topeka, Kansas, United States ; died: Sarasota, Florida, United States
  • St. Jacob's Well, 1930s
  • Where object was made: Kansas, United States
  • color linocut
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 9 3/4 x 11 1/4 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 247.65 x 285.75 mm
    Mat Dimensions: 14 x 19 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 0000.0517
Description

Small pool of bright blue water in a small depression. Hill with five pine trees under blue sky in background.

Little Basin, in western Clark county, is a sink several centuries old, as attested by the large trees that grow upon the inner walls of the depression. St. Jacob's Well, a pool of water at the bottom of this sink, although small, is unusually pretty, as in the summer it is surrounded by green foliage and a profusion of wild flowers. A number of other prehistoric sinks are found in western Kansas.