Scene from N.P. Willis' play of "Fortesa the Usurer", (painting)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 74
Angelo: Lady, the daylight's precious%/ Please you turn to me. In my picture here/ I've tried to image how the ivory shoulder/ Leads the white light off from the arching neck--/ But cannot, for the envious sleeve that hides it,/ Please you, displace it. Isabella: Sir, you are too bold% Angelo: Pardon me, lady% Nature's masterpiece/ Should be beyond your hiding, or my praise./ Were it less marvelous, I were too bold--/ But there's a pure divinity in beauty/ Which the true eye of art looks on with reverence,/ Though like the angels, it were all unclad% [P. 4.]
Catalogue of Paintings, of the Third Exhibition of the Boston Artists' Association, 1844. At Harding's Gallery, 22 School Street. Boston: Clapp and Son's Press, No. 5 Water Street.