Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. [not numbered]
Two Portraits, by King, of Washington--the female by far the best Portrait we have seen of Mr. King's for many years. The male, however, good enough to furnish a multitude of hints. Mr. K. was for a long time in London, under the immediate eye of West, and associated with Sully, the elder, now employed on a Portrait of Queen Victoria; and might have been greatly distinguished in historical painting, had he been worthily encouraged. But as all young actors begin with tragedy, even Liston, and Farren, and Varnard, being no exceptions: so all young painters begin with what they consider the most difficult branches of the art, historical painting and composition. After awhile, however, they find out that it is better to be first in a secondary department, than third or fourth, in a first. [Pp. 36-37; see entry 02440011 for other work noted in this commentary.]
First Exhibition and Fair of the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association, held at the City Hall, in the City of Portland, from Sept. 21 to Oct. 6, 1838. Portland: Published by the Board of Managers, for the Association. 1838.