F.S. Agate, N.A. This gentleman, a native of our state, was born in 1807, and, before proceeding to Rome, painted the present composition. He has happily returned and exercises his talents both as a portrait and historical painter. [P. 11.] Death of an Infant.--Death found strange beauty on that cherub brow,/ And dash'd it out. There was a tint of rose/ On cheek and lip:--he touched the veins with ice,/ And the rose faded. Forth from those blue eyes/ There spoke a wishful tenderness,--a doubt/ Whether to grieve or sleep, which innocence/ Alone can wear. With ruthless haste he bound/ The silken fringes of their curtaining lids/ For ever. There had been a murmuring sound/ With which the babe would claim its mother's ear,/ Charming her even to tears. The spoiler set/ His seal of silence. But there beam'd a smile/ So fix'd and holy from that marble brow,--/ Death gazed and left it there:--he dared not steal/ The signet ring from heaven. [Appendix.]
Catalogue. Descriptive, Biographical and Historical, of the Exhibition of Select Paintings, by Modern Artists, principally American, and living, under the Direction of a Committee of Amateurs. The Paintings borrowed for this particular purpose from friends to the arts. At the Stuyvesant Institute, for four weeks only from the day of opening, Nov. 19, 1838. New York: Printed by G.P. Scott. 1838.
Artist professional affiliation: National Academician.