An allegory of the immortal bard at a tender age instructed by the Muse. She is seated with him on the banks of the Avon, with one hand gently supporting him, the other raised with a gesture invoking attention; the gifted boy extends his arms affectionately to his tutelar genius, looking up to her with an expression full of tenderness and devotion. At his feet are the masks of Tragedy and Comedy, and the shepherd's crook. This rare picture was owned by the late Mr. Peter Smith, and when first brought from England, was exhibited, with others, at the old Academy of Fine Arts, in Broad-street. [P. 8.]
A Descriptive Catalogue of a Private Collection of Cabinet Oil Paintings, and Other Works of Art, in the Possession of H. Russell Paine. Charleston, S.C. Harper & Calvo, Printers. 1855.