Ages have passed since the scene of glory. Luxury has enervated, vice has debased, and the strength of the mighty nation has consumed away. A barbarous enemy sacks the city. The heavens are darkened by a tempest, and the storm of war rages from beneath, amid falling walls and collonades, and the flames of temples and palaces. [Pp. 2-3; 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.