"(Germ.) Munich. Under the hammer. 47 x 69. This is an eloquent picture. It conveys its moral with directness and force, and appeals to our best feelings. The old naturalist - professor, too, perhaps - has been carried to his last home, and his little stock of books and specimens is being disposed of at auction. The faces in this work deserve each a separate study. they are thoroughly everyday faces, and just such as we should expect to find on the errand which has brought them into this room. Not too keen and eager, but still, sharpened as to feature in the daily struggle of life. The country auctioneer's clerk is calling attention to a dilapidated coverlet, while the great, little man himself, hammer in hand, is watching a group engaged in examining the ring of the departed savant. A solitary picture recalls the whilom direction of the latter's youthful fancy. The figure and face of his forelorn housewife, as she stands receiving the condolences of her prosperous neighbors, is perhaps the most pathetic trait in this masterpiece. Few painters ever worked out every detail more lovingly and conscientiously than lueben has here done. The performance, judged from whatever point of view, is wholly admirable."
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.