The Voyage of Life: Youth. c. 1860. Engraving. Image: 15 x 22 3/4; sheet 21 3/16 x 28 3/8. 'From the Original Painting by Thomas Cole in the possession of Revd. Gorham D. Abbott, Spingler Institute, New York.' Printed by J.H. Daniels, Boston; published by James H.Earle, 10 Hawley Street, Boston. Printed on warm white wove paper. Excellent condition. Signed in the plate. $5,000 the set of 4.
Fully lettered proof with the complete text and the lines from the poem by J.H. Daniels:
"Beware what earth calls happiness. Beware
All joys but joys that never can expire.
Who builds on less than an immortal base
Condemns his joys to death."
The golden palace of my God
Towering above the clouds I see:
Beyond the cherubs bright abode.
Higher than angels thoughts can be."
In Youth, the landscape widens and the foliage becomes diversified, with trees overshadowing the bank. Alone in the boat, the "Voyager" takes the helm himself. The "Spirit Guide" now stands on the bank. The Voyager points to the sky where the vision of an exotic dome appears to him, symbolizing the dreams and aspirations of youth.
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