"'Two apprentices in a shoe-shop have been playing cards; the master steps in and surprises them. One, greatly distressed, has attempted to conceal some of his cards under his apron. he raises one hand, as if to ward off an expected blow, and looks appealingly toward his companion, as if to ask him to "stand by him." The older boy, however, frowns as indignantly as the master, as if to show he has had nothing to do with the cards. The face of the master is full of wrath, as, pointing to some cards remaining on the table, he confronts the boys with the evidence of their guilt. In technique this picture is as fine as any thing in the gallery. The expressions of the faces are admirably drawn, and the qualities of the various elements are well realized. The picture is also pleasing in composition and color.'" [P. 14.]
Illustrated Catalogue of Works of Art in the Art Building of the Southern Exposition at Louisville, Ky. August 16 - October 25, 1884. Prepared by Charles M. Kurtz, Director of the Art Department. Editor of National Academy Notes and the Art Union Magazine. Published for the Art Committee by John P. Morton and Company.