The moment which the painter has seized, is, that in which pilate, after having twice striven to relieve the saviour, is about to yield to the infuriated cries of the people, and the expostulations and threatenings of the jewish Chiefs.--The judgment seat is placed in the Hall of the Governor's Palace.--The Saviour stands chained--guarded by soldiers--holding in his clasped hands the reed--wearing the purple robe and crown of thorns. Pilate has risen from his seat, and stands upon the edge of the highest of the broad steps leading from the Hall--four of the Chiefs of the Jews are before him on the step immediately below--earnestly expostulating with him;--the one nearest him, says plainly by his countenance and hand--"If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar's friend:"--As Pilate hesitates, . . . the other three chiefs are as plainly saying, by attitude, gesture and expression--"His blood be upon us, and upon our children." Behind this group of Jewish Chiefs, stands a figure in fine relief, his hand extended--apparently exciting the people who throng in immense crowds around the Palace, some shouting "crucify him! crucify him!" and those standing nearest the principal group, watching the result of the consequence with intense interest. . . . The figures steal gradually from the canvass upon the observer, after long and repeated observation. [Pp. 5-6.]
Catalogue of the First Annual Exhibition at the Louisville Museum, and Gallery of the Fine Arts. May, 1834. Louisville: Settle & Johnston, Printers, Main Street. 1834.