The principal figure is a huge, rude old windmill, standing alone in a long-drawn valley, lazily flapping its great flukes in the dreamy, delicious atmosphere of an Indian-summer day. The proprieter of these paintings states to the Art Union Committee, "that, aside from the merits of Nos. 10 and 11 as works of art, they are valuable as the early productions of one who has since become celebrated, and who was strongly influenced by their sale to persevere in the profession he now so much adorns." These pictures were painted in 1844. [P. 406; exhibited under heading: "Paintings." Exhibited also on p. 414 under the heading: "Donations. List of Paintings Donated to the Great Western Sanitary Fair" and listed as a donation by S.S. Smith. On p. 414, the work is also listed under the title "Ancient Ruins."]
History of the Great Western Sanitary Fair. C.F. Vent & Co., Publishers, No. 38 West-Fourth Street. Grafton fecit. Lith. of Major & Knapp, 449 Broadway, N.Y. N.Y.