This painting is so well known that it would seem unnecessary to make any remarks upon it. But to those who have never before seen it, we will observe that the peculiar effect produced, was suggested to the mind of the Artist by viewing the celebrated Picture of the Interior of the Capuchin Chapel, exhibited in this and other Cities a few years since, as a production of extraordinary merit. The Dinner Party was also publicly exhibited in most of our principal Cities--and was highly extolled at the time--and universally admired for its effect--close imitation of nature--correct perspective--silver-like tones of its coloring--and remarkable clearness of its atmosphere. It was purchased on speculation, for a large sum--and repurchased by the present Owner. [P. 8.]
Catalogue of Paintings of the First Exhibition of the Boston Artists' Association, 1842, at Harding's Gallery, No. 22 School Street. Boston: John H. Eastburn, Printer. 1842.