The Course of Empire by Thomas Cole.
I. The Savage State
II. The Arcadian or Pastoral State
III. The Consummation of Empire
“There is the moral of all human tales;
‘Tis but the same rehearsal of the past.
First freedom and then Glory - when that fails,
Wealth, vice, corruption - barbarism at last.
And History, with all her volumes vast,
Hath but one page…”
- George Gordon Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage