This magnificent and precious painting, like all these of the great master, is sufficiently striking and needs no other comment. It was obtained but in a very bad condition from a missionary in the lower parts of the river. It required the greatest care to preserve it as it is now seen. [P. 11; see entry 04100034 for a note on the work's provenance.]
Catalogue of the Quebec Gallery of Paintings, Engravings, etc., the Property of Jos. Legare, St. Angele Street, corner of St. Helen Street. Quebec: E.R. Frechette, Printer and Stationer, No 13, Mountain Street, Lower-Town, 1852.