The Voyage of Life: Old Age

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



Engraving on wove paper

Image: 15 1/8 × 22 3/4 in. (38.4 × 57.8 cm)

Sheet: 21 × 25 1/2 in. (53.3 × 64.8 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 _ OLD AGE. / 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 U.S.A. by James Smillie in the Clerk’s Office of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.; printed, lower left: “While through this changing world we roam, / From Infancy to Age. / Heaven is the christian Pilgrim’s home. / His rest, at every Stage / Abeam from Heaven is sent to cheer / The Christian on his road. / And angels are attending near. / To bear him home to God.”; printed, lower right: “The world recedes, it disappears! / Heaven opens on my eyes! my ears / With sounds seraphic ring! / Lend, lend your wings! I mount, I fly! / O Grave, where is they victory? / O Death, where is they sting?”; printed, lower left: PROOF; printed, lower right: Printed by H. Peters; inscribed, in graphite, lower right corner: set 4; stamped, in black ink, on reverse, lower left: DARTMOUTH COLLEGE / DEPT. OF ART AND / ARCHEOLOGY; inscribed, in graphite, on reverse, lower right: 5 [circled] 5 [circled]

Exhibition History

Light in Art, Jaffe-Friede, Strauss and Barrows Galleries, Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, December 2, 1977-January 29, 1978.

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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