"(Fr.) Paris. Pupil of Hebert and Bonnat. Honorable mention, Paris Salon. Sappho. 25 x 47. The subject of this spirited painting was one of the greatest lyric poets of Greece. She was born either at Mytelene or at Eresos in Lesbos. Her poems were the admiration of ancient Greece from the time of Solon downwards. Fragments of the nine books of poems she is said to have written are all that remain. But her matchless ode to Aphrodite is evidence of her great genius. The painter has given us an ideal conception of her in the first flush of womanhood."
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.