"By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down; yes, we wept, when we remembered Zion. . . . How shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange land." The picture represents a scene on the banks of the Euphrates. The captives, maidens of Judea, in all the sadness of their desolation, are seated in groups under the palm trees, . . . In the conception of this subject, the artist has adopted the prophetic language foretelling the event, which represents the Jewish nation under the symbol of a woman "doing upon the Assyrians, her neighbors, captains and rulers clothed most gorgeously." . . . Ezekiel, 23d chap. [Pp. 18-19; text includes citation of Lord Byron's "Hebrew Melodies."]
Descriptive Catalogue of Paintings in the Gallery of Daniel Pratt, Prattville, Alabama. Together with a Memoir of George Cooke, Artist. Prattville: Howell & Luckett, Printers. 1853.