Rembrandt Peale, John Caldwell Calhoun, 1834. Oil on canvas, 30 ¼ X 25 ⅛. Carolina Art Association, The Gibbes Art Gallery, Carolina Art Association, Charleston, South Carolina. Bequest of Mrs. Thomas Frost. (photo: Carolina Art Association).
comfortable haven for the creative frame of mind. Nearly twenty-five years later, he recalled returning to Florence from a "ramble" in the countryside to witness "the most splendid effect of the evening sun." Eager to share it with Angelo, he had run to fetch him and recollected that when they returned "to my astonishment and delight, the scene was scarcely changed!" He related the incident, he said, not so much to show the extent of his excitement as "to impress the reader with the fact of the gentle changes of the Italian sky, as they may be contrasted with the atmosphere of our fast country." 52