"You see through the deep archway the inner death-grapple and agony. . . . A Roman soldier stands in the centre of the picture, pointing inwards, directing a group of guards to the spot where they shall place the next victim, a young woman, one of the early Christian saints, while beneath her, grasping her hand, . . . is the husband; close beside, and beneath this group, are seen two orphan children, brother and sister; the boy sits horror-stricken, while the girl, half conscious, is seeking comfort and support from him. Near by are two figures, a woman and a child; the woman, awestruck and amazed, at the faith and courage of the Christian saint before described; the little child is sharing her wonder, . . . Still further to the right, and in the foreground, is another group. In deadly anguish, a mother has swooned (her husband is struggling with the lion in the arena), and her little infant, all unconscious, sits beside her while the aged grandparent receives the head of her unconcious daughter in her lap, and nestles another child in her bosom. The old grandsire bends over the prostrate body in speechless agony. Above this group, and further back, a woman shuts her ears with both her hands, trying to exclude the horrid clamor of the awful arena; while by her side a boy, not unfamiliar with such scenes, . . . gazes into the interior, and watches the brutal contest." [P. 16.]
Catalogue of the Exhibition of a Private Collection of Works of Art, for the Benefit of the United States Christian Commission, held at the Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia. Catalogues, 25 cents. Caxton Press of Sherman & Co. 1864.