"German Emigrants Receiving Their Pastor's Last Blessing", (painting)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 2 (Sale info: $1000.00).
. . . The scene presents a fine landscape at early morn, while the dew is yet fresh upon the grass, and the Pastor stands in the act of blessing the family group, assembled around him in attitudes of reverence and regret. The scene is strongly depicted, and the spiritual presence of the very blessing seems descending upon the wanderers. But take away the figures, and the landscape is surpassingly lovely. The manipulation of the flowers and weeds in the foreground is pre-Raphaelite in its minutiae, yet the subject masters the accessories, and we think of nothing but the scene so powerfully enacted. A German family, with a few of their household goods, have now come to receive, for the last time, the blessing of their beloved Pastor. Some of the party are already en route, hastening away in the misty distance. . . . But we have before us . . . a thrilling page of rural life, strong and mighty, hopeful and cheering; frought with manly purpose, high resolve, a faith that is superior to the ills of life. We own that the page is truth to nature, and we welcome the German Emigrant to our shores--for he brings with him a wholesome moral element, vigorous physique, economical habits and manly energy, . . . [Pp. 2-4; price noted by a contemporary hand.] IS MORE LATENT MEANING THAN CAN BE FOUND IN THE WORKS OF ANY
Catalogue of Paintings, &c. on exhibition and for sale at Schaus's Gallery, 749 Broadway, New-York. Admission 25 cents. Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. New-York: J. Craft, Printer, 29 Ann Street, cor. Nassau. 1862.