Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 186 (Sale info: $650.00).
In the vestibule of a noble mansion a poor family consisting of a mother, a boy and girl, and an infant, are eating some food which a servant is distributing to them; while in the hall, . . . stand the children of prosperity looking at the children of adversity. The painter has ingeniously contrived that each member of one group shall have its counterpart in the other; . . . and yet he produces no impression of formality. The contrast is sad; . . . The picture is admirable for character and expression. There is a look of good nature and calm curiosity in the face of the little lordling; his sister seems grieved and sympathetic; the little peasant boy turns with a look of wonder and apprehension upon his little host, . . . his sister is intent with large-eyed eagerness upon getting her full share of the dole; and the two dogs regard each other with contempt on the one side and snarling defiance on the other. But there is heart-break in the weary, careworn, loving face of the poor mother, who thinks only of the wants of the tender child upon her knee. The colour of this picture is so harmonious as to be very pleasing; and the figures are so admirably drawn that they satisfy the eye. A grand staircase on the left, up which servants are bearing lordly dishes into the dining hall, is painted in fine perspective. [P. 16; price noted by a contemporary hand.]
The Exhibition of Paintings of the International Art Institution, 694 Broadway, corner of Fourth Street. Wm. Aufermann, Director. Every painting is For Sale.--Information about prices to be had at the office. New-York: G.B. Teubner, Printer, 10 Spruce Street. 1861.