P.R.A. LONDON. Size 25 feet by 14 feet 6 inches. . . . DEATH on the Pale Horse, (Rev. ch. vi. ver. 8,) is represented destroying Man and all living things, in every direction. The Powers of Hell follow on the clouds behind him. The scourge of devouring mortality is seen in the sudden death of a young mother and her infant son. She is supported by her husband, who at the same time, extends his free arm as if it were to stop the galloping of the Pale Horse. . . . The destruction by wild bests [sic], is represented by a lion and lioness rushing upon a tumultuous group of men on horseback and on foot. . . . A number of figures are seen in confusion, terror, and astonishment, at this awful visitation. . . . Mr. West was of opinion that, to delineate a physical form . . . of the visionary death . . . it was necessary to endow it, if possible, with the appearance of superhuman strength and energy. . . . The next character on the canvass in point of consequence is the RIDER ON THE WHITE HORSE. . . . The third of the apocalyptical characters is the RIDER ON THE RED HORSE . . . . Behind the Messiah and the Warrior, the RIDER ON THE BLACK HORSE is seen coming forward. . . . This great work was executed when the artist was already 80 years of age. [PP. 16-22; excerpted from a detailed description of the work. Entry includes a passage from Revelation, Chapter 6, and a key to the work.]
Great Exhibition of Religious Paintings, by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, at the Artists' Fund Hall, Chestnut, above Tenth Street. December, 1843. Price 12 1/2 cents. Philadelphia: Printed for the Academy. 1843.