Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 59 (Sale info: For Sale).
"Near the city of Poitiers is a cavern which is still called the grotto of Calvin. There, according to tradition, he gathered his friends. In this cavern was celebrated the first (Evangelical) Lord's Supper. A fragment of rock served for a table. Thus in a shadow was laid the basis of the immense influence which Calvin was soon to exercise." The figure in the cap, behind Calvin, is Theodore Beze, the translator of the Bible into French. The young man by his side is Vernon of Poitiers, one of the early companions of Calvin. The man bending down in a brown cloak in the left hand corner, is Du Tillet, another of the early Reformers. Calvin presents the cup instead of the bread; one of the distinctions between the Romanists and Protestants being, that the protestants administer the sacrament in both kinds. Calvin is dressed in the costume of a lawyer of that day; that being still the official garb of protestant clergymen of the French and Geneva churches, and commonly used by the early Reformers. It is the same gown still used by lawyers in the French Courts of Justice. His head is represented with the Tonsure which he had received as a Roman Catholic Priest. [P. 5.]
Catalogue of Paintings at the Picture Gallery of the Maryland Historical Society. Seventh Exhibition. 1868. Baltimore: Printed by John Murphy & Co., 182 Baltimore Street. 1868.