The scene of this Picture is in the vault beneath the Abbey of Lindisfarne, where the blind abbot, the prioress, and the abbess, are assembled to sit in judgment of the recreant Nun Constance de Beverly for having broken her vows and eloped from the convent with Marmion, and for afterwards plotting the death of her rival Clara. Constance, who is still habited in the disguise which she had worn during her residence with Marmion, is delivering to her judges a packet containing proofs of the innocence of de Wilton, whom Marmion had falsely accused of treason. The monk, her accomplice and fellow sufferer, has thrown himself on the ground in a paroxysm of despair and has torn off part of his clothing, frantic with terror at the approaching punishment. The executioners are preparing the holes in the walls in which Constance and the monk will be entombed alive. "If I speak not to implore your grace,/ Well know I for one minute's space/ Successless might I be/ Nor do I speak your prayer to gain;/ For if a death of lingering pain,/ To cleanse my sins, be penance vain,/ vain as your masses too." Marmion, Canto II xxvii. [Pp. 7-8.]
Exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Mr. C.B. Leslie's Picture, The Murder of Rutland; with a Series of originals and copies from his commencement in the Arts and also of Mr. Allston's Celebrated Pictures, of the Dead Man Restored to Life, by touching the Bones of the Prophet Elisha, and Donna Mencia, in the Robbers Cave--from Gil Blas. Together with many Valuable Paintings in addition to the Stationary Pictures of the Academy. October, 1816. Philadelphia: Printed by John Bioren, No. 33 Chestnut Street. 1816.