Retzsch is so well known in this country from his outline illustrations of Shakespeare and Faust, that any thing from his pencil will be viewed with interest. Mrs. Jameson, in her "Visits and Sketches," Vol. 1, P. 222, thus speaks of him and of his style:--"This extraordinary genius who is almost as popular and interesting in England as in his own country, seems to have received from nature a double portion of the inventive faculty. . . . As a colorist, I believe his style is crticised, and open to criticism; it is at least singular; but I must confess that while I was looking over his things, I was engrossed by the one conviction, that while his peculiar merits and the preference of one manner to another may be a matter of argument or taste, it is certain and indisputable, that no one paints like Retzsch, and that, in the original power and fertility of conception, in the quantity of mind which he brings to bear upon his subject, he is in his own style unequalled and inimitable. . . . Unusual interest is attached to No. 48, from the fact of its having been presented by Retzsch to his friend as a birthday present, which fact is recorded in Retzsch's own hand-writing on the back of the picture. [P. 14; the words "inventive," "conception," and "mind" appear in italics in the catalogue.]
Albany Gallery of the Fine Arts, Incorporated 1846. Catalog of the Fifth Exhibition. 1850. Albany: Printed by Charles Van Benthuysen. 1850.