Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 234 (Sale info: For Sale).
Hercules, having in a fit of madness slain his friend Iolas, by the Delphic oracle was condemned as a penalty to be sold by Hermes into slavery. Omphale, queen of Lydia, bought him, and, as the fable goes, used to wear the hero's lion-skin, and bear his club, compelling him to ply the distaff, and do a woman's work. This picture, by one of the most distinguished artists of France, the rival, and by some thought the equal, of GeRome, is his largest and most important exhibition work. Its drawing has been criticized on both sides of the Atlantic; but in force of color and vigor of composition, it is universally admitted to be one of the first achievements of modern French historical art. [Pp. 29-30; a passage in ancient Greek from "Diod. Sic.," and one in Latin from "Ovid: Epist. ix. 53, et infra.," preceded this commentary.] Prix de Rome, 1849; Medals, 1857, '59, '63; Cross Legion of Honor, 1865; Instructor in Government School of Arts, 1869. [P. 37.]
Exhibition of Paintings, Engravings, Drawings, Aquarelles, and Works of Household Art, in the Cincinnati Industrial Exposition. MDCCCLXXIII.