Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 283 (Sale info: For Sale).
A company of strolling acrobats have finished their performance for the day. The mother of the family, who probably officiates as door-keeper, pours out triumphantly the proceeds of the exhibition, consisting chiefly of coppers. The "strong man" of the troupe, perhaps the lover of the pretty girl behind him, looks on moodily, while the paterfamilias, in the guise of the clown, seeks to drown fatigue and care in a glass of liquor. The fat Cupid, by means of a dingy jacket, is being transformed into a mortal by an elder sister, and reaps the reward of his exertions in a huge slice of bread and butter. In the background a subordinate member of the troupe is commencing preparations for their removal to another sphere of action, while a parrot and a monkey are settling their private difficulties in the upper regions of the tent. Beneath all the broad, almost coarse humor that pervades the picture, there lies an undercurrent of sadness, as there would be in a similar scene in real life, and this it is that gives to the painting that truthfulness which is its main excellence. [P. 27.]
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.