According to the legend, she was a young and beautiful virgin of Alexandria, who having become a convert to Christianity, maintained her faith with so much zeal and devotion, that she at length became a victim of the fury of the populace and was put to death by the flames under Decius. Her teeth having been beaten or torn out, previous to her death, she is frequently (as in this instance) painted with a tooth, as a badge of her suffering; and from this circumstance, she is regarded as patroness of those who are suffering with diseases of the teeth. [P. 19.]
Albany Gallery of the Fine Arts, Incorporated 1846. Catalog of the Fifth Exhibition. 1850. Albany: Printed by Charles Van Benthuysen. 1850.