Fifth Picture--The Pilgrim of the World at the end of his journey, (painting)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 9
. . . Desolate and broken, the Pilgrim, descending a gloomy vale, pauses at last on the horrid brink that overhangs the outer darkness. Columns of the Temple of Mammon crumble; trees of the gardens of pleasure moulder on his path. Gold is as valueless as the dust with which it mingles. The phantoms of glory--a baseless, hollow fabric--flits under the wing of death in a dark eternity. Demon forms are gathering around him. Horrorstruck, the Pilgrim lets fall his staff, and turns in despair to the long-neglected and forgotten Cross. Veiled in melancholy night, behind a peak of the mountain, it is lost to his view forever. [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.