Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. [not numbered]
There is still another--the first of all--"Venus Rising from the Sea;" standing on a dolphin's head, her foot caught in her hair--of almost the same action, but in a greater absence of light, she being supposed to have risen before the sun. The first born of my fancy the lunatics of the Hub have consigned to a solitary cell, perfectly complaisant in their own sanity. The picture would belong to the Boston Athenaeum, I think, if they had accepted it as a gift. As it is, I do not know to what solid man of Boston it does belong. Hawthorne told me in Rome he thought of proposing that a certain bust of himself should be placed on the town pump at home. I might, with a loftier ambition to bring this one to the light and out of respect to her connections, propose that as the Goddess of Liberty she be set on Faneuil Hall, or let to light on--like the "Spirit of '76"--the "Old South" pinnacle. [P. 6.]
Catalogue. Exhibition for the Months of November and December, 1867, at the Studio Building, No. 51 West 10th Street, near 6th Avenue, Pictures painted by William Page.