"No. 45.--COPY OF RAPHAEL'S WORK--styled in French, 'La Belle Vierge de Raphael,' and in Italian, 'La Madonna del Paesaggio.' The original of which is in the Bridgwater [sic] Gallery in England. The Virgin, standing in a landscape, lays one hand on the head of the infant St. John, who is approaching the young Redeemer in an attitude of reverence, and is about to kiss him. The action of the Virgin's hand is that of gently pressing down the head of St. John, as if to indicate the hommage due from him to her divine Son. In the back-ground, St. Joseph is seen walking; hence the Italian designation of the picture. This beautiful composition of Raphael must early have attained great reputation, for there are few of his pictures of which so great a number of ancient copies exist. The eager, child-like worship of the young St. John; the soft maternal air of the Virgin bending over them, noble, matronly, elegant, can hardly be surpassed." This is a very old and a good copy. The beauty of the figure of the young Redeemer, and the warmth of its colouring, may be particularly noted. [P. 17.]
Catalogue of the Pictures Forming the Collection of the Works of the Old Masters now Being exhibited at the Gallery of the National Academy of Design in Broadway. 1849. New-York: George F. Nesbitt, Stationer and Printer, corner of Wall and Water Streets. 1849.