"VELASQUEZ, de Silva, (Don Diego,) born at Seville in 1594 of an ancient family. . . . The 'Bebedores,' or drinkers, is another of the master's finest works. The humour and feeling is only surpassed by the execution, which in details, such as the bowl of wine, is most marvellous. At the same time, the whole picture has the force and breadth of Caravaggio or Ribera." No. 15.--A SATIRICAL PIECE, representing a Cavalier, with a little boy with a basket, in a larder, a purse in one hand, and pointing with the other to the money he has placed before a young cat, while the old cat has the scales in her paws weighing a piece of pork, and several other cats are seen stealing cheese, &c, behind; at the door a hungry-looking vagabond in a rough cloak and slouching, indented hat, looks in with scales in his hands as if claiming to have some of the pork; pieces of pork and sausages are seen suspended. This picture is wonderfully truthlike: the description of the one above, "The Bebedores," may in every respect be applied to this. [Pp. 27-28; entry includes a detailed biography of the artist.]
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.