"SCHALKEN, (Godfrey,) born at Dort in 1643. He came to England twice, where he was much patronized. He principally delighted in night subjects, because he knew how to distribute the light of a flambeau or taper with so much skill as to diffuse a brightness over his objects by a proper opposition of shadow, which only nature could equal; and in that line he was without a competitor. His pencil was soft, mellow, and delicate; his pictures are finished with neatness; and show the chiaro-scuro in great perfection. He imitated nature with singular exactness, as well as in the truth of his colouring, as in the masses of his light and shadow; but he had no idea of elegance, either in design or [in] the forms of his figures." No. 19.--AN INTERIOR, with three men, whose faces are seen by the light of a candle. This is a very fine specimen of the kind. [P. 24.]
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.