No piece of Statuary recently exhibited in this country has made a more gratifying impression on the public mind than this fine work, wrought in Rome, by Paul Akers, a native of Portland, Maine. The Cingalese Pearl Diver is a man of exquisitely moulded limbs and body, of small head, delicate features, low forehead, long hair and beardless face. His life is one of peril. And many a poor searcher after the precious pearl, finds his bed of death-slumber on the very rocks which have nursed the glittering gem. The artist has chosen one of those sad incidents for the Marble's story, and very powerfully and pathetically has he embodied it. The dead diver lies stretched upon the pearl-bearing rock. In a net (a marvel of cunning manipulation) are some of the pearl bearers, while in his open palm rests a shell, which he never may bear to the upper world. In anatomy, pose and expression, this Statue is particularly fine, leaving a pleasing impression upon the mind, notwithstanding the painful nature of the subject. Mr. Akers has recently paid the debt of nature, but his name will live as long as the chiseled marble retains the form and expression given to it by his masterly hand. [P. 21.]
The Buffalo Fine Arts Academy. Catalogue of American and Foreign Paintings and Sculpture now on Exhibition at the Gallery, Arcade Buildings, Main Street, Buffalo, N.Y. Academy Instituted November 11th, 1862. Incorporated December 4th, 1862. Opened December 23d, 1862. J. Humphrey, Director of Gallery. Buffalo: Printing House of Wheeler, Matthews & Warren, Commercial Advertiser Buildings. 1862.