Born at Coire in the Grisons, (1742-1807.) The inspiration of Shakspeare; an allegory of the immortal bard at a tender age, instructed by the Muse. She is seated with him on the banks of the Avon, with one hand gently supporting him, and the other raised with a gesture invoking attention; the gifted boy extends his arms affectionately to his tutelar genius, looking up to her with an expression full of tenderness and devotion. At his feet are the masks of Tragedy and Comedy, and the Shepherd's crook. 2'2 x 2'6. Note.--This picture was owned by the late Mr. Peter William Smith, and when first brought from England was exhibited, with others, at the old Academy of Fine Arts, in Broad Street. [P. 12.]
Catalogue of the Carolina Art Association, published by the Art Committee. Charleston, S.C.: Steam Power Press of Walker, Evans & Co. 1858.