"Savage State," The, or "Commencement of Empire." (First of the Series), (painting)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 6
The sun is rising from the sea, over a wild scene of rocks, forests and mountains, dissipating the clouds and darkness of night. Man, attired in skins, is seen engaged in the wild dance, and the chase, the characteristic occupations of the savage life. In this picture, we have the first rudiments of society. Men have banded together for mutual aid. The useful arts have commenced in the construction of the canoe, the weapon and the hut, and we may imagine the germs of two of the fine arts, Music and Poetry, in the singing usually accompanying the dance of the savage. The empire is asserted, to a limited extent, over sea, land and the animal kingdom. It is the season of Spring,--the morning of the nation's existence. [Pp. 1-2; entries 00830006, 00830007, 00830008, 00830009, and 00830010 were exhibited under heading: "The Course of Empire," and were preceded by a note indicating their relationship as a series of pictures illustrating the rise, progress, greatness, decline, and fall of a nation represented by a craggy landscape seen from differing perspectives.]
Catalogue of the Exhibition of the New-York Gallery of the Fine Arts. Founded 1844--Chartered 1845. Now open, in the Rotunda in the Park. New-York: E.B. Clayton & Sons, Printers and Stationers, No. 5 Tontine Buildings, Wall-Street. 1846.