Introduction of Christianity Into England, A.D. 597, (painting)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 227 (Sale info: FOR SALE).
"St. Augustine, sent by Pope Gregory the First to preach the gospel in Britain, was received kindly by Ethelbert, one of the Saxon heptarchy, who was then King of Kent, and had for wife bertha, daughter of caribert, king of france. the king himself and ten thousand of his subjects were baptized on Christmas, 597. The scene of the picture is during the earlier labors of the monk. The centre group represents the king on his throne, and the queen at his feet, while on their right hand stands st. augustine in his flowing robes of white. grouped around are soldiers in armor, aboriginal Britons in their semi-nude state, priests of woden and females. in the back-ground the smoke of sacrifice ascends from a pagan temple." [P. 9.]
Catalogue of Paintings, Engravings, &c. &c. at the Picture Gallery of the Maryland Historical Society. Second Annual Exhibition, 1849. Baltimore: Printed by John D. Toy, corner of Market and St. Paul Streets.