Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 1 (Sale info: For Sale).
One of this great artist's most impressive landscapes. In the foreground are the ruins of the once grand mausoleum of Caecelia Metella, wife of the Dictator Sulla, and a member of one of the most illustrious Roman families--a family which, from the Punic war till the second century after Christ, took a leading part in the public affairs and social life of Rome. Beyond the tomb stretches out the dim expanse of the Campagna, and, afar in the horizon, we catch a glimpse of the Eternal City, mournfully and suggestively revealed in the last light of the dying day. Across the Campagna we trace the course of the famous Appian Way, which, in its still strong yet half-ruinous condition, adds not a little to that mournful but fascinating sense of the mighty struggle of the time which so impresses us in everything about Rome. The artist has caught the very spirit of the time and place, and has rendered it with such masterly power, tenderness, and insight, that the picture serves us equally as an actual portraiture and as the story in epitome of the once proud "Mistress of the World." [P. 3.]
1866. Exhibition of Pictures; the contribution of French, German, and Belgian Artists, under the Direction of W. Schaus, Esq., New York. Open daily, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Catalogues ten cents. Season Tickets twenty-five cents. Philadelphia: Collins, Printer, 705 Jayne Street. 1866.