. . . The figure is supposed to represent an athletic young man, who had distinguished himself in the races, which formed part of the public games of Greece. The conjecture may not be well founded, as among the rewards given to those who so distinguished themselves, that of a statue in honor of their triumph was not uncommon. . . . The successful racer, the prize being won, might not disdain to draw a thorn from his foot, which he had no time to think about while the contest was eagerly continued. Though unquestionably of great antiquity, it is not known where this gem of art was discovered, nor at what date. It is stated to have originally belonged to the Palais des Conservateurs. The attitude of the boy has been greatly praised for the ease and nature which identify it with real life. . . . Sevier, Sculpture Illustrations, P. 48. [Pp. 12-13.]
1875. Descriptive Catalogue of Statuary, on Exhibition at the Gallery of the Maryland Historical Society Rooms, Athenaeum Buildings, St. Paul and Saratoga Streets, Baltimore. Baltimore: Printed by John Murphy & Co. Publishers, Booksellers, Printers and Stationers. 182 Baltimore Street, 1875.