The artist has so high a reputation in his own country and is so little known in this, that it may be interesting to give a brief notice of him. Baron von Rumorh, who, through his Italian Researches and other works, has shed so much light upon the history of art, and is considered next to Winkleman the profoundest critic on art, having become disgusted with the manner in which artists are educated and made to adopt a conventional style, determined to try the experiment, with a gifted artist, of educating him without a school. He found such a genius in the young Nerly. He adopted him, superintended his education, and made him study anatomy profoundly, sent him abroad to draw from nature and never allowed him to copy any other master. In this way, Nerly soon became distinguished, and his drawings and etchings are highly esteemed. . . . In reference to the two landscapes now before us, Rumorh, in his "Three Journies to Italy," thus speaks: "Although in all these (previous) works I found much to praise, I found also something to censure; but I was altogether satisfied with two large and somewhat ideal landscapes which I let the artist paint for me during his leisure hours in Rome." These two landscapes, together with the Dog, were purchased by the present owner several years ago in Dresden, after the decease of the Baron. [P. 14.] After the decease of the baron." [P. 14.]
Albany Gallery of the Fine Arts, Incorporated 1846. Catalog of the Fifth Exhibition. 1850. Albany: Printed by Charles Van Benthuysen. 1850.