The Infuriated Maniac assaulting his Keeper, (painting)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 19
This Painting represents that species of Mania, in which the lunatic has lost every social and Philanthropic emotion of the heart. Dr. Rush observes, "that the conduct and conversation of the patient indicate a coldness or hostility to the whole human race. In this state of mind, walls of a cell, and even darkness are welcome to protect the miserable sufferer from the sight of the supposed monster, man." . . . The patient delineated, represents an infuriated mad-man, (suffering a relapse) in the act of assaulting his keeper and a negro attendant, who were attempting to secure him in a straight waistcoat. Lines by Wm. B. Tappan, on viewing the Painting of the Infuriated Maniac. Those eyes that beam so beautious bright,/ And all the heaven within declare,/ may set e're long in starless night,/ Or kindle with demoniac glare. . . . Lord of all worlds! 'tis thou canst take/ Again the boon that mercy gave!" . . . Take all--but let me never share/ The hopeless, soulless Maniac's lot. [P. 7.] His well known historical paintings, the "Maniac AsSaulting his Keeper," "Celedon and Amelia," "Haman Accused," and "Prophecy of Simeon," (figures of the size of life,) were before the public in the year 1821, -2 and 3, at Mr. James Earle's rooms, the Masonic Hall, the Saloon, Library Street, and Melzell's Room Fifth, below Walnut Street, and in several cities in the Union. [P. 15.]
Catalogue of Robert Street's Exhibition, at the Artists' Fund Hall, Chestnut Street, above Tenth, of Upwards of 200 Oil Paintings, all executed by himself, with the exception of those by deceased, or Old Masters. Philadelphia: Printed by J. Young, Black Horse Alley. 1840.