The Master Shipbuilder and his Wife of Amsterdam, (painting)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 45 (Sale info: For Sale).
The Shipbuilder is represented in his study, who, whilst in the act of designing the model of a vessel, is interrupted by the sudden appearance of his wife bearing a letter, and who, by her attitude and expression, is evidently stating that the messenger is on the outside waiting for an answer. This is indubitably one of the most capital of this great master's productions, both as a work of art, and as an example of portraiture, but particularly for its wonderful expression, which in the man exhibits a BROKEN TRAIN OF THOUGHT, whilst its truth to nature, perfection of chiaro-oscura and tone of color, are absolutely beyond praise. It is signed and dated REMBRANDT F 1633 (at which period the artist was only twenty-seven years of age) and is in the highest state of preservation. [P. 8.]
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.