A Picture of Selfishness in Contrast with Benevolence, (sculpture)
Pelby, W. Mrs.
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 4
[This story] . . . was related some years ago, by a lady who acted the part of the "Good Samaritan," to Mrs. Pelby, . . . [Mrs. --], called one day in the middle of winter, upon the lady whom we see attired in such a rich dress; . . . [and] on entering the offices of the dwelling, perceived her rather harshly dismissing a woman with a child in her arms . . . who, it appeared, had been asking charity. . . . [Mrs. --] took a hasty leave of her friend, and was able to approach the person. . . . After a few remarks, she asked to know if she solicited charity, and was answered in the negative. . . . She asked, are you then a relation of Mrs. -- in -- St., with much hesitation and evident reluctance she replied, "I am her sister." She informed her that some years before having married a poor but honest man against the wishes of her family, they had cast her out from them and ceased to regard her as one of them, . . . Her sister had married a very rich man, and was blessed with the bounties of earth. . . . This morning she had given her a small sum of money, . . . although she knew that at this inclement season she needed fuel and clothing for herself and family, . . . [Mrs. --] having obtained the assistance of some benevolent ladies, the family were made comfortable, and it appeared likely the poor woman would recover her health and spirits. . . . [But] she died, always expressing much gratitude to the kind Mrs. --. . . . [Pp. 15-16.]
Grand Exhibition of Statuary; executed by Mrs. W. Pelby, consisting of Groups, representing the following important and interesting subjects, the size of life. The Trial of Christ, Abraham Offering His Son Isaac as a Sacrifice, Christ Forgiving the Woman Taken in Sin, Picture of Selfishness in contrast with Benevolence, The Intemperate Family, The Birth of Christ, and in Miniature or Cabinet Size, The Last Supper, The Trial of Christ, The Miraculous Draught of Fishes, The Saviour on the Cross, Scene on the Mohawk. Boston. Hooton's Press, Haskin's Building. 1846.