Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 195 (Sale info: For Sale).
It is well known that in Germany and England the Christmas festival, as commemorative of the birth of Christ, is regarded as the most joyful of all occasions. And especially for children it is . . . considered their peculiar holiday, because it was in the guise of a little child that the Son of God first came into the world. Such is the idea that, . . . lies at the foundation of the picture, in which the real and the ideal are wonderfully blended. The artist has employed the Christmas tree . . . with all its accessories, as the type of universal joy which the birth of the Savior has brought into the world. . . . The joy of Heaven . . . is represented by the Virgin Mary with the Infant Jesus, who extends his hand in blessing over the assembled multitude, as well as by the countless angels occupied in preparing and distributing the gifts, and in singing and making sweet music, . . . The human character of the festival is completely preserved in the nature of the gifts, . . . In one of [the groups] a man who bears the features of the great musician Sebastian Bach, holds in his arms a child on which an angel is bestowing a violin, . . . From the highest point of the tree the star of Bethlehem sheds its light over the scene below, the whole of which is pervaded by the one idea: "Joy in Heaven and on Earth over the birth of the Redeemer!" [P. 18.]
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.