Departure of the Pilgrim Fathers for America, The, A.D., 1620, (painting)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 1
. . . This picture is admirable in composition. . . . Its admission to the hall was opposed by no less a personage than Prince Albert, but ultimately a report was obtained in its favor. It passed a second severe ordeal and then was awarded the five thousand dollars premium, was purchased by the Queen's printer, AGREW, of Manchester, and became at once the most popular work in the country. Four of the figures are from portraits obtained by Lucy on his visit to Holland and Delft Haven to obtain materials for the work. In this labor and in that of painting the picture he spent over three years and a half. . . . The "Speedwell," their first chartered bark, lies along quay, her sails unbent, her mariners awaiting the hour of departure; the group of noble, though heart-stricken, conscientious and consecrated heroes, clinging to each other's bosom, or leaning, in agony, on each other's shoulder; while the serene and devout ROBINSON supplicates the smile of the God of Heaven, and the grace of His Spirit, to help them in the time of need. The artist has caught the inspiration of the mellowing scene, while beauty, tenderness and piety bend in lowly homage to the supremacy of all-subduing grief. . . . [Pp. 8-10; excerpted from a detailed description of the work and the historical incident that is the subject of the work.]
The Buffalo Fine Arts Academy. Catalogue of American and Foreign Paintings and Sculpture now on Exhibition at the Gallery, Arcade Buildings, Main Street, Buffalo, N.Y. Academy Instituted November 11th, 1862. Incorporated December 4th, 1862. Opened December 23d, 1862. J. Humphrey, Director of Gallery. Buffalo: Printing House of Wheeler, Matthews & Warren, Commercial Advertiser Buildings. 1862.