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Progress of Civilization, (painting)

Artist:
Sonntag
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Notes:
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 118
A series of four paintings, illustrating the "Progress of Civilization," from the artist Sonntag, and owned by T. Day, are very expressive. In the first, we have a vast, wild mountain, steep and trackless, over which hover flocks of birds, and among whose rocks "the wild fox digs his hole unscared;" while perched on the extreme verge of a high cliff, on a dead limb, sits a solitary owl, contemplating the dismal waste about him. The second shows a group of Indians, scattered in their single shabby tent, some indolently basking in the sunshine, and others seeking a precarious livelihood by catching the fish of an adjoining river. In the third, a party of pioneers are pressing westward, through a country which is gemmed on all sides by countless, thriving log-cabins; and, lastly, we have a palatial private residence, in the suburbs of a great city, teeming with many-handed activity, and sending out on all sides streams of trade and travel. [P. 413; exhibited under heading: "Oil Paintings."]
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Topic:
Allegory--Other--Civilization
Figure(s) In Exterior--Frontier
Ethnic
Miscellaneous--Series
Architecture--Domestic--Cottage
Cityscape
Control number:
AECI 00270118
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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