. . . After having been painted by the artist in Rome, in 1807, it was carried to Paris, and in 1808 received the Gold Medal offered by the Emperor Napoleon. . . . At the peace of 1815, Mr. Vanderlyn brought this picture to America . . . [and] sold it to the late Leonard Kipp, Esq. of New-York. It is now property of his son, the Rev. W. Ingraham Kip, D.D., Rector of St. Paul's Church in the city of Albany, . . . The figure of Marius was copied by Mr. Vanderlyn from a living model in Rome . . . and the head taken from a bust of Marius, bearing his name, which had been dug up in Italy. . . . Some interesting facts with regard to it are contained in a letter from Mr. Vanderlyn to the present owner, . . . "The picture was painted in Rome during the second year of my stay there, (1807). . . . I had the pleasure of having Washington Allston for a neighbor in Rome. . . . I left Rome in December and arrived in Paris in the beginning of 1808, and exhibited my picture there in the spring. . . . I never made any effort there to procure a sale for it, as my wish was to take it home, to form the origin of a gallery for our city, . . . I would have been glad to have found a purchaser for it. After offering to the Boston Athenaeum, but with no success, I was finally willing to cede the picture to your esteemed father." [PP. 20-22.]
Albany Gallery of the Fine Arts, Incorporated 1846. Catalog of the Fifth Exhibition. 1850. Albany: Printed by Charles Van Benthuysen. 1850.