"Rubens, (Peter Paul,) born at Cologne in 1577, was the founder of the School of Brabant. . . . The extensive knowledge of Rubens, in classical and polite literature, qualified him to excel in allegorical and emblematical compositions. His style of colouring is lively, glowing, and natural, his expression noble and just, and his invention amazingly fertile. His pencil is mellow, his execution is free, and his pictures are finished in such a manner as to produce a pleasing and striking effect." No. 20.--Lot and His Daughters.--This large picture is of the master's best period: it is marked "P.P. Rubens, 1624," when, according to the highest authority, he was in the "very zenith of his power;" and the picture bears intrinsic evidences of the bestowal of great care upon it, exhibiting as it does in the highest degree each and all of his excellencies, as set forth in the foregoing. The "Fruit and Oysters" were, no doubt, by his friend Snyders, whose unrivalled hand is apparent. Any further description of this scriptural subject seems unnecessary. [Pp. 20-21.]
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.