"(Fr. Dec'd.) Paris. Pupil of Signol. Medals in 1874, 1880. Le coeur s'eveille. The heart's awakening. 58 x 96. This eminent painter here introduces us to a beautiful damsel of high degree just as she is passing the threshold of womanhood, and those feelings, incidental to her age, which can be neither defined nor analyzed, are now assuming the form of a yearning after some such ideal cavalier as the one about whom the stately beldame above her has just been reading. Her fancy has been fed upon such romances for some time past, but this particular one has perceptibly quickened her pulse. This picture is poetic and classic in conception, and bold, broad and free both in handling and treatment. It is needless to dwell upon its great merits in detail. It is impossible, however, not to draw attention to the eloquent manner in which the painter makes each of those two faces tell its own story. The grandmother in her sombre garb, with all the illusions of life behind her, the traces of life's struggle from which there is no escape, even in her high station, plainly written on her pallid lineaments; the youthful beauty in her damask and satin looking into the future with joy and hope, yearning and expectant, boding no unkind treatment from the great world into which she will soon make her entrance, of which, too, her lovely, innocent countenance shows she knows so little, and the face above hers knows, ah, so much."
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.