Noah and his Family Watching the Return of the Dove to the Ark, (painting)
Rossiter, Thos. P.
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 51
This is the first of a series intended to illustrate the three cardinal virtues, Faith, Hope and Charity. The moment selected is when the dove . . . appears in sight, with the olive branch, betokening that the deluge has ceased, and the waters have commenced subsiding. Dark and lurid masses of storm-clouds . . . are moving rapidly to the east, revealing a partially clear horizon and bright sky, . . . Agitated waves, with their angry crests, indicate the past force of the tempest: and the falling rain, from one portion of the sky the effect of which is seen in the phenomenon of the rainbow, shows that the "fountains of the deep" are being restrained, "the windows of heaven" are closing and the doom of the antediluvian world is accomplished. . . . The inmates of the ark, . . . are seen congregated on the deck. . . . NOAH, the venerable patriarch, points in the direction from whence [the dove] comes, calling the attention of his family to the welcome messenger, with its proof of the termination of the deluge. The principal character is composed of the wife of NOAH, their eldest son, JAPHET, and the wife of SHEM, who, leaning on her mother-in-law, gazes toward the point of interest, shielding her eyes from the light. . . . [Pp. 17-18.]
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.