"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.' Ages have passed since the scene of glory. Luxury has enervated, vice has debased, and the strength of the might nation has consumed away. A barbarous army sacks the city. The heavens are darkened by a tempest, and the storm of war rages beneath, amid falling walls and collonades, and the flames of temples and palaces." [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.