R.A. A faithful picture of the rustic simplicity of English life. The countenance of the cottager beams with health and contentment; the little girl runs to meet his embrace with spirits light as air, and a blooming face, that would vie with the freshness of the mountain daisy, "The touch of kindred, too, and love he feels;/ The modest eye, whose beams on his alone/ Ecstatic shine; the little strong embrace/ Of prattling children twined around his neck,/ And emulous to please him, calling forth,/ The fond paternal soul." THOMSON. This picture has all the pleasing qualities of Gainsborough. Russell's works are highly esteemed. For the one before us the artist received 80 guineas for the right of publishing--and few engravings of rustic life have been so popular. [Pp. 9-10.]
Albany Gallery of the Fine Arts, Incorporated 1846. Catalogue of the Fourth Exhibition. 1849. Albany: Printed by Charles Van Benthuysen. 1849.
Artist professional affiliation: Royal Academician.