Gilbert Stuart thought it an original or a first-rate copy from Nicholas Poussin. The Continence of Scipio is a famous incident in Roman History. Scipio Africanus refused to see a beautiful Numidian princess who had fallen into his hands at the taking of New Carthage, and not only restored her inviolate to her parents, but even added presents for her betrothed. [P. 9 (L).] The exact companion of this picture, in subject, treatment and size, is The Death of Germanicus in the Barberini Palace, Rome, by Nicholas Poussin. Mr. Stuart, whose opinion is given above, became acquainted with the Bowdoin Collection through visits to copy his Jefferson and Madison. [Pp. 9-10 (S).]
Catalogue of the Bowdoin Collection of Paintings, Bowdoin College. Brunswick: Joseph Griffin. 1870.