Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 92 (Sale info: $2500.00).
This magnificent painting was on exhibition at the Paris Exposition, and attracted remarkable attention there as depicting Italian scenery. . . . The time is afternoon, but the sun is hid behind a thin veil of vapory clouds. . . . That brilliance which escapes falls upon the ruins on the right, and lights up the figures of an old wandering Italian musician, playing on a pipe, with his wife and faithful dog by his side. Peasant women approach the dark turn at the base of the ruins to fill their vessels with its cool waters. Another group rest with their cattle on the acclivity above, and the Coliseum at Paola crowns it, while stretching away from it towards the left is a continuation of the mountainous chain of which it forms the nearest link. Standing between the Coliseum and the lake to the left is an old umbrageous chestnut, and away out on the watery expanse is a single snow-white sail. . . . The artist has given a faithful copy of the ruins and the classic locality of Paola, but his success lies in his treatment of the Italian landscape, with its peculiar dreamy effect, an effect that seems as though nature was yielding to a mild decay from over ripeness. . . . [Pp. 31-32.]
Catalogue of German and Italian Paintings, collected in Europe by L.C. Hopkins, Cincinnati, Ohio. 1868. Cincinnati: Press of Robert Clarke & Co., 65 West Fourth Street.