Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. [not numbered]
An aged man listening to the "word of peace" read by a young minister. [P. 100.] "Consolation," by C.M. Webb, is not quite so good a picture as the other "Consolation," by Constant Mayer. It is in quite a different style, being what is termed a genre piece. The subject is simply a Catholic clergyman, who is reading to an old man reclining in an arm chair, and evidently suffering from illness. They are represented sitting in a room wainscoted in the old fashion of our great grandfathers, and the two heads are well thrown out by the dark background. The heads are carefully drawn; that of the old man, silver-haired and sorrowful, is painted with real power, but the surrounding details are not so well done. The general effect is pleasing, and the picture attracted much notice, having had the good fortune to be hung in a favorable position. [P. 106; see entry 02550054 for other work noted in this commentary, and entry 02550044 for related commentary.]
Seventh Annual Report of the Saint Louis Agricultural and Mechanical Association. Prepared for Publication by Richard A. Barret. St. Louis, Mo.: George Knapp & Co., Printers and Binders. 1868.