When Hercules, in consequence of the murder of Iphites, was afflicted with a serious disease, he was informed by the oracle that he could only be cured by serving some one for wages for the space of three years. Mercury sold him to Omphale, Queen of Lydia. Hercules became enamored of his mistress, and to please her, is said to have used the distaff and worn female apparel, while she wore his lion-skin. The Cupids playing with the club, are of course an allegorical poetic license of the painter. [P. 9.]
Buffalo Fine Arts Academy. 1866. Price twenty-five cents. Gallery of the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, Young Men's Association Buildings, Buffalo, N.Y. Academy Instituted November 11, 1862. Incorporated December 4, 1862. Gallery opened December 23, 1862. Buffalo: Franklin Printing House. Thomas, Typographer. 1866.