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Part II. Scene 5. River of the Water of Life Vanity, (painting)

Artist:
Cropsey
Medium:
Panorama
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1848
1848-1852
Notes:
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. NOT NUMBERED
"I saw then that they went on their way to a pleasant river, which david the king called the river of god; but john the river of the water of life. Now their way lay just upon the bank of this river; here, therefore, Christian and his companion walked with great delight; they drank also of the water which was pleasant and enlivening to their weary spirits. besides, on the banks of the river, on either side, were green trees with all manner of fruit, and the leaves they ate to prevent surfeits and other diseases that are incident to those that beat their blood by travels. On either side of the river was also a meadow, curiously beautified with lillies; and it was green all year long. In this meadow they lay down and slept, for here they might lie down safely. When they awoke, they gathered again of the fruit of the trees, and drank again of the water of the river, and then lay down again to sleep. Thus they did several days and nights. Then they sang - behold ye how these crystal streams do glide,/ to comfort pilgrims by the highway side,/ the meadows green, besides their fragrant smell,/ yield dainties for them: and he who can tell/ what pleasant fruit, yes, leaves, these trees do yield/ will soon sell all, that he may buy this field. " So when they were disposed to go on (for they were not as yet at their journey's end), they ate, and drank, and departed." [P. 18-19; a poem eulogizing this portion of the panorama written by Alfred B. Street appears on P. 38.]
A Descriptive Catalogue of the Bunyan Tableaux. Albany, N.Y.: J. Munsell, 82 State Street, 1867.
Artist address: New York, New York.
Topic:
Literature--Bunyan--Pilgrim's Progress
State of Being--Phenomenon--Dream
Religion--Christianity
Allegory--Life
Landscape--River
Figure(s) In Exterior--Water
Control number:
AECI 03250033
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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