Born at Utrecht, 1592; died 1660; aged 68. The picture before us is an admirable representation of the subject, and in expression true to nature; Peter, in the moment of surprise, from being accosted with "Thou also wast with him," loses self-possession; his right hand is raised in fearful astonishment, and the left is stretched over the charcoal fire. The malicious accusation of the female is finely born out by the soldier holding the lamp, (hid by the left arm of the foremost soldier) he awaits the answer of Peter with eagerness, well expressed in the strained eye, the open mouth, and nostrils, and the pressing forward of the body. This picture was brought to England as a Caravaggio, to whom it is believed Pilkington attributed it when at Naples. "In the church of St. Martin, at Naples, there is a capital picture by Caravaggio, representing the Denial of St. Peter with figures half length, and as large as life; but it seems to have been rendered more black than it was originally by time; the head of the Saint is extremely fine, with a great deal of expression; and the whole has a singular force, every object being well coloured and designed." PILKINGTON. (On canvass--4 ft. 10 inh. by 3 ft. 8 inh.) [Pp. 5-6.]
Catalogue of Paintings, by the Great Masters, including Specimens of the First Class, of the Italian, Venetian, Spanish, Flemish, Dutch, French, and English Schools. It penetrates the inward recesses of the soul--even surpassing the power and force of eloquence.--Quintillian on the Art of Painting. Boston: Press of John H. Eastburn.