. . . The old man at the table is the father of the sick man in the bed. The blasting effects of intemperance are seen in the old man's face,--his leering half closed eyes, and idiotic grin, and the general poverty and recklessness of his appearance. The old woman at the table is the mother of the sick man, . . . The father and son alone, are the inebriates. The woman at the bedside is the mother of the sick man, and the mother of all the children. The husband and father, reduced from comfort to penury and wretchedness, by the sin of drunkenness, is about expiring, while his young daughter is bending anxiously over the sacred volume, reading to her father, the last earthly consolation that is left to him. The boy at the fire-side is gradually perishing by consumption, the result of neglect and hunger,--while the infant twins, who are too young to know their wretched lot, alone sleep calmly. That this group may not be thought a mere fancy sketch, the reader is assured that it is taken from real life. 'Tis some 15 years since, before the active exertions of the temperance societies, that Mrs. Pelby and a Lady, on a visit of charity, encountered the originals of this family in an obscure house in Sea street. The poverty and suffering, is not at all exaggerated, and if possible falls short of the real scene. . . . [P. 17; see entry 03360004 for related work.]
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.