The Voyage of Life, a Series of Allegorical Pictures: Manhood, (painting)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 3
Storm and cloud enshroud a rugged and dreary landscape. Bare impending precipices rise in the lurid light. The swollen stream rushes furiously down a dark ravine, whirling and foaming in its wild career, and speeding toward the Ocean, which is dimly seen through the mist and falling rain. The boat is there, plunging amid the turbulent waters. The voyager is now a man of middle age; the helm of the boat is gone, and he looks imploringly toward heaven, as if heaven's aid alone could save him from the perils that surround him. The Guardian Spirit calmly sits in the clouds, watching with an air of solicitude the affrighted voyager. Demon forms are hovering . . . Trouble is characteristic of the period of Manhood. In Childhood there is no cankering care; in Youth no despairing thought. It is only when experience has taught us the realities of the world, that . . . we feel deep and abiding sorrow; . . . the Ocean, dimly seen, figures the end of life, to which the voyager is now approaching. The demon forms are Suicide, Intemperance, and Murder, which are the temptations that beset men in their direst trouble. The upward and imploring look of the voyager, shows his dependence on a Superior Power, and that faith saves him from the destruction that seems inevitable. [P. 6; the designation "A.N.A." appears after the name of the artist in the catalogue.]
Catalogue of Paintings of the Second Exhibition of the Boston Artists' Association, 1843, at Harding's Gallery, 22 School Street. Boston: Wm. White & H.P. Lewis Printers, 1843.
Artist professional affiliation: Associate National Academician.