This picture is intended to illustrate the morning of nature and of the career of human life. The scene is laid in feudal times. The sun is just risen, and is tinging the towns and battlements of the old castle with its first rays: the mists are beginning to ascend and mingle themselves with the clouds: all the trees show the vigor of youth, and the foliage has the freshness and beauty of early spring. A train of Knights and warriors in full armour, with pennons flying and horses richly caparisoned and prancing gaily, is seen issuing from the Castle to engage in the contests of the day. They are met by the Palmer in the foreground, who warns them of the perils which are to be encountered. [P. 10; see entry 00580036 for related entry.]
Albany Gallery of Fine Arts, Incorporated 1846. Catalogue of the First Exhibition. 1846. Albany: Printed at the Office of the Evening Atlas. 1846.