Last Interview of a Nobleman doomed to Execution, The, with his Wife, in the Condemned Cell of a Prison, (painting)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 2 (Sale info: For Sale).
The subject portrayed in this capital work, exhibits a man of rank doomed to execution, the period of which having arrived, the Executioner is seen extending his hand to seize the victim, and drag him from his condemned cell and the affectionate embraces of his wife, the expression of agony in whose countenance it is beyond the power of language to describe. The manipulation, color, drawing, expression, and chiaro-scura in this picture, are worthy the most celebrated masters of antiquity. Of its pathos little need be said, as no person of common sensibility can for a moment look upon it without feeling its power. [Pp. 2-3.]
Catalogue of W. Hayward's Collection of Paintings by the Ancient and Modern Masters, now exhibiting at Corinthian Gallery, corner of Milk and Federal Streets, (Entrance in Federal Street.) Boston: Eastburn's Press, 18 State Street, 1840.