This was the first picture brought from Europe, when the artist painted in London. Washington Alston. This gentleman has for years been the acknowledged historical painter of America, both in England and this country. His "dead man revived, on being let down into the pit, and touching the bones of the prophet," has long been the most admired composition in Philadelphia; and his "Jacob's dream" and "Uriel in the sun," has placed him among the first artists in England. Mr. Alston was born in the State of South Carolina, in the year 1779, educated at Havard [sic] College, Mass. He visited England, and enjoyed the society and friendship of Benjamin West, in 1801. He afterwards visited Italy, and traveled through France and Flanders, studying the masters of those countries. This gentleman is not less distinguished as a man of literature than as the first of painters; and the committee have to regret that his precious pictures are generally monopolized by the amateurs of Boston and Charleston, South Carolina. (See Hist. of Arts of Des.) [P. 11.]
Catalogue. Descriptive, Biographical and Historical, of the Exhibition of Select Paintings, by Modern Artists, principally American, and living, under the Direction of a Committee of Amateurs. The Paintings borrowed for this particular purpose from friends to the arts. At the Stuyvesant Institute, for four weeks only from the day of opening, Nov. 19, 1838. New York: Printed by G.P. Scott. 1838.