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Between 1839 and 1840, the English American painter Thomas Cole produced a series of paintings which allegorically portrayed a man’s path through life. That series was commissioned by the staunchly religious New York Banker Samuel Ward, and bore strong moralistic overtones, especially concerning a person’s proximity to spiritual matters in contrast to following their ambitions. Unfortunately, Ward died an untimely early death during the process, never seeing the work he commissioned come to completion, so that, by the time the series was completed, his estate took control of it. Before that could happen, Thomas Cole presented the work to the public in a one-person show in 1940 at the National Academy of Design in New York, which caused him to face legal issues with Ward’s estate, who did not want the paintings to be shown to the general public.
Due to the paintings’ success with critics and public and Ward’s estate’s continued objections to displaying it publicly, Thomas Cole decided, before taking his trip to Europe in 1842, to produce a second similar set of paintings, this time destined for public display. To that end, he traced the original paintings before taking his trip, so that he could work on it during his stay in Rome. Sure enough, the four paintings were finished during Cole’s stay in Europe, and there they were exhibited with great success with the public and critics, although they failed to sell. Upon returning to the United States, the paintings were shown in Boston, Philadelphia, and New York with equal success.
Owing to that, by the 1850s a number of engravings and prints of the four paintings had already been produced and distributed throughout the country, the moral message behind the series appealing widely to the average American’s sentiments, who would commonly hang them in their living room as a statement of their moral integrity. For that reason, the paintings were incredibly influential in what is called the Third Great Awakening, an American Christian movement which consisted of greater social involvement by the churches and a distinctive growth in the missionary movement, birthing, among other things, the Jehova’s Witnesses.
This oil on canvas is, along with the rest of the set, in a permanent exhibition at the NGA, the National Gallery of Art, in Washington DC.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The Voyage of Life: Childhood, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of The Voyage of Life: Childhood that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
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You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
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