Jeremiah Rehearsing his Last Lamentation to the Prophets and Chief Captives at Babylon, (painting)
Rossiter, Thos. P.
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 34
By the rivers of Babylon there we sat down,/ Yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion./ We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof,/ For they that had carried us away captives required of us a song./ And they that had wasted us required of us mirth./ Saying: Sing us one of the song of Zion. How shall we sing the Lord's song/ In a strange land!/ If I forget thee, O Jerusalem!/ Let my right hand forget her cunning./ If I do not remember thee./ Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth./ If I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy. (Psalm CXXXVII.) These are the lines which suggest the picture; . . . [when] during the reign of BELSHAZZAR, JEREMIAH, prompted by the presentiment of his approaching death, visits Babylon, where, after the labors of the day are over, he convenes the principal Jews without the city walls, . . . and, while the brightness of the Oriental twilight fades from the sky, and the gloom of night gathers round, rehearses to them his last lamentation. . . . On the left is a portion of the hanging gardens of Babylon, . . . The male personages are clothed in coarse woolen robes, with sack-cloth upon their heads, in token of humility, while the females are habited in their ordinary costumes. [Pp. 13-15.]
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.