Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 233 (Sale info: For Sale).
The Artist has represented to us a Norwegian peasant family, gathered together for the reading of the Bible of a Sunday afternoon. That it is no task, . . . but a source of heartfelt joy, is very evident from their faces, on which the various impressions made, are admirably depicted. The honor of reading aloud . . . has fallen to a second daughter. . . . Her face is full of interest, . . . which is shared by her little sister, who looks over her shoulder, . . . Behind her stands an older girl--one of the loveliest creatures from the artist's pencil. . . . The son, too, with his thoughtful, earnest, vigorous face, [is] subdued by the solemnity of the hour, . . . The mother's face is lit up with a holy joy; it is indeed the Word of God to her, . . . The father and grandfather, from whose rough, weather-beaten appearance we should judge them to be fishermen, manifest their interest in different ways--the former only in his reverent position and serious mien, the latter by the evident deep earnestness with which he drinks in every one of the blessed words. The rough room in which the family has assembled shows the lowliness of their position: every thing, however, is tidy and in holiday order, and wears an aspect of rest and quiet. . . . A deep truthfulness pervades this whole picture; . . . [P. 23.]
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.