Rehearsal of Richelieu's Tragedy, "Miriam", (painting)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 29
"(Fr.) Paris. Pupil of Pils. Med. 2nd cl. 1876. Legion of Honor 1878. Rehearsal of Richelieu's tragedy, 'Miriam.' 72 x 48. The great cardinal-minister of Louis XIII., when a younger man than the painting represents him, had an idea that he could write plays, and succeeded in producing two poor ones, of which one, 'Miriam,' is being rehearsed in his presence. He is surrounded by some of the ladies and gentlemen of the court. It would be difficult to imagine anything much superior to the grouping, drawing, harmonious coloring and refined tone of this superb painting. As a study of a courtly interior and costumes, as well as of the aristocratic types of the French nobility under Louis xiii., it commands careful examination. The freedom of the artist's handling is not the least charm of this picture."
A Catalogue of Paintings in the Gallery of D.W. Powers, Rochester, N.Y. with Explanations and Sketches of Painters by C.C. Merriman. Rochester, N.Y.: E.R. Andrews, Book and Job Printer, Aqueduct Street, 1877.