Dark landscape set atop a rocky mountain with sparse vegetation. There is a small boulder in the left foreground space with a dead tree standing beside it; in the right foreground there is what appears to be a small cave. A dead and broken tree lies across the bottom of the picture frame. There are mountains in the distance and a dark stormy sky above with a break in the clouds near the center of the canvas that reveals a sunny blue sky.
“In the Mountain Fastness” is a dark, moody, idealized landscape painting whose title is derived from a line in the popular classic Protestant allegory “The Pilgrim’s Progress” by John Bunyan, a Christian writer and preacher. Huntington believed that art had a high moral purpose and was a medium of spiritual truth. This work reflects Huntington’s deeply held personal religious beliefs and celebrates the grandeur of God’s power and creation in nature.
Inscribed on plate: raffet 1850/ San Donato Printed on lower margin: center: L'ARMEE FRANCAISE A LA MAGLIANELLA, / ou l'on dépose les Sacs. / (30 avril 1849, 9 h. du matin.) left: Paris, Gihant frères, Boulevart des Italiens, 5. right: Paris, Imp. par Auguste Bry, 114, M. du Bac.
White marble sculpture of female figure, partially nude with a cloth draped loosely around her waist and over her left forearm. She holds a cluster of flowers in her left hand, and a single bloom in her right; a basket of flowers located on base to left and slightly behind figure.
Flora, the goddess of flowers from Roman mythology, reflects the popularity of Neo-classical taste during the mid-19th century.