Cardinal Wolsey's Reconciliation with Queen Catharine, (painting)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 23
. . . This work is one of a series of brilliant pieces which have emanated from the hands of Lessing, Camphausen, Hildebrandt, Leutze, Pluddman, Voldhart, Schrader, &c., &c. It is worthy its association, containing many of the elements which constitute a great picture. The Prelate, Wolsey, had been banished by Henry VIII to Winchester; but his enemies, not satisfied with his humiliation, caused him to be impeached for high treason; and by the command of the King he was conducted to London, accompanied only by Cavendish, his master of the horse. The Cardinal succumbed under his misfortunes; and in the neighborhood of the Abbey of Leicester his strength completely abandoned him. He entered the abbey, saying to the Abbot, "I have come to be buried here." Queen Catharine, traveling to her place of banishment, had accidently entered the abbey at about same time with the Cardinal; who in the picture is shown on his deathbed, the curtains of which are partly drawn up. Wolsey, supported by Cavendish, stretches out his arm toward the Queen, who gives him her hand. Around the bed, stand and kneel monks variously affected. Behind the Queen stands the abbot, looking up in thankfulness, that two hearts of enmity were reconciled in the last moments of life. The Cardinal's last words were, that he repented having served his King better than his God. [P. 17.]
The Dusseldorf Gallery. Catalogue of Paintings, by Artists of the Dusseldorf Academy of Art, now on exhibition at 548 Broadway, New-York. Season Tickets to the Gallery, fifty cents. Sidney and Russell, Printers, 79 John Street, N.Y.