"The Athlete, a semi-colossal statue, was found in the Vicolo Delle Palme in the Trastevere. . . . This apparent incongruity is explained by the Roman artists as indicating that the sculptor wished to represent not only a wrestler but a runner; his strength being shown by the size of his shoulders, his small head, and his short neck, as in the statues of Hercules; while his lightness and quickness in running are shown by his legs, which are strong, nervous, and rather long."--Murray. [P. 6; excerpted from a detailed description of the work.]
Boston Athenaeum. Catalogue of Paintings and Statuary, exhibited for the Benefit of the National Sailors' Fair, at the Athenaeum Gallery, Beacon Street, Boston. 1864. Boston: Fred Rogers, Printer, No. 159 Washington Street, opposite the Old South Church. 1864. Price of Catalogue, twenty-five cents.