The Voyage of Life: Childhood

James Smillie, American, 1807 - 1885
after Thomas Cole, American, 1801 - 1848



Engraving on wove paper mounted on board

Image: 5 15/16 × 22 3/4 in. (15.1 × 57.8 cm)

Sheet: 21 × 25 in. (53.3 × 63.5 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Professor George Breed Zug



H. Peters


James Smillie


Place Made: United States, North America


19th century

Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Printed, lower left below image: PAINTED BY THOMAS COLE; printed, lower right below image: ENGRAVED BY JAMES SMILLIE; printed, lower center: THE VOYAGE OF LIFE _ CHILDHOOD. / From the original Painting by Thomas Cole, in the possession of Rev.d [superscript] Gorham D. Abbott, Spingler Institute, New York; printed lower center: “Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1855 by James Smillie in the Clerk’s Office of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York”; printed, lower left: “Who shall preserve thee beautiful child? / Keep thee as thou art now / Bring thee a spirit undefiled / At God’s pure throne to bow?; printed, lower right: This world is but a bruised reed / And life grows only dim / Who shall be near thee in thy need / To lead thee up to Him? / He who Himself was undefiled / With Him we trust thee beautiful child.”; printed, lower left: PROOF; printed, lower right: Printed by H. Peters

Exhibition History

Nineteenth Century American Prints, Carpenter Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 25-June 12, 1977.

The Landscape: Prints and Drawings from the Permanent Collection, Lower Jewett Corridor, Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, June 12-August 9, 1981.


George Breed Zug (1867-1943, Dartmouth Professor of Art History, 1913-1932); given to present collection, 1921.

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