When the present owner . . . obtained it, the canvass on which it was painted was nearly decayed with age, and the picture was in great danger of being lost . . . [but was] transferred to a new canvass in the year 1848, by George Howorth, of Boston. This picture does not represent the Narcissus of Ovid, . . . [but] the tender and affectionate brother of Narcissa, his twin sister, according to the story of Pausanius, . . . This classical story represents Narcissus to have had a twin sister of remarkable beauty, to whom he was tenderly attached. She resembled him very closely in features, . . . and used to accompany him in the chase. The sister died young, and Narcissus deeply lamenting her death, used to wander disconsolate and alone through the forests. . . . Seating himself on a rock in order to rest, . . . and accidently casting his eyes downwards, he suddenly perceives his own image reflected from a pool beneath, which he supposes to be that of his beloved and lamented sister. . . . The surprise shewn by his extended left arm and hand, and the deep feeling expressed in his countenance, shew how well the great artist has portrayed this touching legend. [P. 12; exhibited under note indicating that this work is among those "from the private collection of Lt. Col. J.D. Graham, U.S.A. The explanations and descriptions are printed as furnished by him."]
Chicago Exhibition of the Fine Arts. Catalogue of the First Exhibition of Statuary, Paintings, &c., opened May 9th, in Burch's Building, cor. Wabash Avenue and Lake St. 1859. Hours of exhibition: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., evening, 7:30 to 9:30. Admission, twenty-five cents. Season Tickets, fifty cents. Chicago: Press & Tribune Print, 51 Clark Street. 1859. Price of Catalogue, ten cents.