The Voyage of Life: Childhood

After Thomas Cole (American, 1801-1848)
James Smillie, Engraver (American, 1807-1885)

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Cole’s allegorical cycle depicts the four stages of life with a voyager drifting down a river through landscapes that manifest the sentiments of each age. In Childhood an infant emerges from a cave, guided by his guardian angel into a world of abundance seen in soft morning light. Cole’s painted cycle was acquired by the Art-Union in 1849 with the intention of having the four engraved, but the organization’s demise in 1852 left the issuance of the engravings to private hands.

(The Philadelphia Print Shop Ltd, Philadelphia); (Pia Gallo, New York, New York); purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2012.

Object Information

artist
After Thomas Cole (American, 1801-1848)
engraver
James Smillie (American, 1807-1885)
creation date
1855
materials
engraving on Japanese paper chine collé to white wove paper
dimensions
15-1/2 x 22-5/8 in. (image)
18-3/4 x 24-1/2 in. (sheet)
22-7/8 x 26-3/4 in. (mount)
accession number
2012.122.1
credit line
Dr. Kenneth R. Shaffer Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors

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