Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 296 (Sale info: For Sale).
This painting is explained by the artist as follows: "Christ is here represented as praying in the Mount of Olives. The figure of the Savior is illumined by a glory, through which the symbol, the cup, is faintly traced. Upon his feet the light of the full moon still falls dimly, to express that darkness will vanish before the light diffused by Christ. In the foreground a thistle suggests the sufferings of Christ, while in the background Judas Iscariot is seen approaching in order to betray him. I have chosed this moment because the subject excites feelings of devotion, and would, in my opinion, be very appropriate for the altar-piece of a small church." [P. 28.]
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.