"Consummation of Empire," The (Third of the Series), (painting)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 8
The rude village has become a magnificent city. From the bay--now a capacious harbor with phari at the entrance and thronged with war galleys and ships with silken sails,--ascend piles of architecture, temples, domes and collonades. The massive bridge, the streets and squares lined with palaces and adorned with statuary, clustered columns and sparkling fountains, are crowded with gorgeous pageants and triumphal processions. It is a day of triumph--man has conquered man--nations have been subjugated. By wealth and power, knowledge, art and taste, man has achieved the summit of human grandeur. The sun is near the meridian. [P. 2; the word "phari" appears in italics in the catalogue. See entry 00830006 for related commentary.]
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.