"(Fr.) Paris. Pupil of Lafosse. Chev. of Legion of Honor. Devant l'alcalde. Before the mayor. 32 x 28. The feature of this picture which first strikes one is the pleading face and gesture of the accused between his two fair accusers. They say as plainly as possible: 'Your Honor, what in the world is a man to do in such a fix as this.' The answering countenance of the magistrate is not favorable. The beauty on the defendant's left has finished her evidence; while, to judge by the striking vigor of her gesticulation, the accuser in the red bodice must be pressing home her charge with a torrent of invective. Haply the unfortunate peasant has been too liberal in his promises of wedlock, the evidence of which, in the shape of letters and photographs, is being conned over by the mayor's clerk, the priest, etc., on the right. Everything in this fine picture, - faces, costumes, and surroundings, - is thoroughly Spanish. It is one of the many fine works with which his journeyings in Spain inspired this gifted painter."
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.