Third Picture--The Pilgrim of the World on his journey, (painting)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 5
. . . The beholder looks off upon an expanse of tranquil water. On the right are the gardens of pleasure, where the devotees of sensual delights revel in all that satiates and amuses. Near a fountain, whose falling waters lull with perpetual murmurs, stands a statue of the goddess of love. . . . On the left is the Temple of Mammon, a superb and costly structure, surmounted by the wheel of fortune. Beneath its dome, a curiously wrought fountain throws out showers of gold. . . . Far distant, in the middle of the picture, a vision of earthly power and glory rises upon the view. Splendid trophies of conquest adorn the imposing gateway; suits of armor, gorgeous banners, and the victor's wreath. . . . At the summit of a lofty flight of steps stand conspicuous the throne and sceptre . . . [and] that glittering symbol of royalty, the crown. Between the beholder and the grand spectacle are armies in conflict, and a city in flames, indicating that the path to glory lies through ruin and the battle-field. . . . The picture symbolizes the pleasure, the fortune, and the glory of the world. [PP. 9-11; exhibited under heading: "THE CROSS AND THE WORLD, a series of Allegorical Pictures."]
Albany Gallery of the Fine Arts, Incorporated 1846. Catalog of the Fifth Exhibition. 1850. Albany: Printed by Charles Van Benthuysen. 1850.