Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. [not numbered]
It has always been more or less the fashion, in Cincinnati, to stigmatize the highly finished style in oil painting, as being a useless expense of labor and unworthy the attention of our Artists. This, on principle that strength of effect is sacrificed to finish, . . . We do not intend to argue this proposition, but to call the public attention to a portrait recently placed in the Gallery, . . . The subject is a female, seated with much grace; the hands are folded in front and hold a book as if she had just been engaged in reading. . . . The hands are hands on which the shadows fall as naturally as on the living subject; and the drapery seems to catch and throw back the light as truly as the silk from which the Artist painted. It has come to be the conventional style to paint part of the chair on which the subject is seated. . . . and we claim for the Artist, under discussion, that she has had the good taste to paint out every portion of her chair as carefully as she has the eye or mouth . . . The painter of the picture is a lady, Mam'lle Gengembre, but recently arrived from Brittany. We understand that she has taken rooms on Fourth street, and intends making Cincinnati her residence. She will in a short time commence the practice of her profession. [Pp. 6-7; this portrait was probably one of three by the artist in this exhibition: entries 00210033, 00210039, and 00210065.]
Vol. 1, No. 5. October. Published Monthly. Price a half dime. Record of the Western Art-Union, containing the Plan, List of Officers, and a Descriptive Catalogue of the Paintings, and other Works of Art, now on exhibition in the Gallery of the Western Art-Union. Cincinnati: 1849. Printed at the Daily Times Office.