This painting, an original, on copper, has delighted American connoisseurs for more than fifty years. It has been several times engraved, and will be found as a frontispiece in an American Annual published about 1835. It has been often copied. It represents Helena Formann, the second wife of the great artist, at the age of sixteen, and is in the highest style of the Flemish school, being of that series of sketches of his wives, his children, and his favorites which the great painter was so fond of perpetuating by his art. (Vide. Dr. Wangen's Discourse on the Life and Genius of Peter Paul Rubens. Edited by Mrs. Jameson.) It hung in the Gallery of the Academy at Antwerp (a private contribution, as the catalogues testify) for more than eighty years, and is now at least 220 years old. It was purchased at Antwerp by Capt. De Koven, a ship-master of New York, in 1803, and by him sold to the late Elisha Tibbits, of that city. [P. 11.]
Art Exhibition at the rooms of the Young Men's Association, in the Athenaeum, Troy. 1858. Troy, N.Y.: C.I. Mac Arthur's Steam Presses, 211 River Street. 1858.