The event which the painter of this noble picture has undertaken to portray and to honor, was one of the most important and daring of those efforts, . . . which marked the struggle of our forefathers for Independence. . . . The river . . . was at this time considered impassable on account of the vast quantity of ice, which was driven along in rugged masses upon its rapid current. Those who have not seen a large and rapid northern river in the depth or the close of winter, . . . can have no idea of the terrible force with which the large blocks and fields of ice sweep down it, grinding, crushing, and piling one upon the other, with a sound which seems like harsh and prolonged thunder. . . . The boatman, who is shod in boots armed with sharp iron spikes, is quite as often out of his imperilled little craft as in it, standing upon the moving ice through which he pushes, or over which he drags it. This mode of transit the observer will find represented, with accuracy and spirit, in the picture before him. . . . R.G.W. Messrs. Goupil & Co. have commissioned Mr. Girardet, one of the best engravers in Paris, to execute a line engraving after this great picture. . . . [Pp. 5-7; excerpted from a detailed description of the work.]
The Washington Exhibition in aid of the New-York Gallery of the Fine Arts, at the American Art-Union Gallery, 497 Broadway. Open from 9, a.m., until 10, p.m. New-York: John F. Trow, Printer, 49 Ann Street. 1853.