"Consummation of Empire," The OF EMPIRE", (painting)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 16
"A series of five pictures, illustrating a nation's rise, prog- ress, greatness, decline and fall, and the consequent changes in the same landscape. Note. The isolated rock crowning a pre- ciptious hill in the distance, identifies the scene in each of the series, but the observer's position varies in several pict- ures. 'First freedom and then glory, when that fails,/ wealth, vice, corruption.' The rude village has become a magnificent city. From the bay -- now a capacious harbour, with phari at the entrance and thronged with war gallerys and barks 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 had con- quered man -- nations have been subjegated. By wealth and power, knowledge, art and taste, man has achieved the summit of human grandeur. " The sun is near the meridean." [P. 8-9.]
Catalogue of the Exhibition of the New-York Gallery of the Fine Arts. Founded 1844. Now open in the large Saloon of the National Academy of Design, corner of Broadway and Leonard-Street. New York: James Van Norden & Co, Printers, No. 60 William-Street. 1844.