"(Germ.) Vienna. Pupil of Wilhelm von Kaulbach. Chevalier of the Order of Franz Josef; knighted by the emperor of Austria. The Hussites before Naumburg, 1432. 68 x 50. Procopius, the general of the Hussite army, is here represented listening to the mute appeal of the children of the fortress of Naumburg, before which his forces sat down during the long war which followed the burning of john huss, the bohemian reformer, on the 6th of July, 1415. It is situated in the Prussian Saxony, and is surrounded by vine-clad hills. The victorious general had threatened to give everything in the fortress up to fire and the sword. In order to touch his heart, a deputa- tion of children was sent with the key of the place and a petition to spare the lives of the inabitants. Night is settling down on the city. The first faint glimmerings of the camp are seen in the distance. The troops are ready for the assault. In the foreground, the three foremost little applicants eye the dreadful warrior with wondering fear, but dimly conscious of the terrible fate their innocent appeal is warding off from the beleagured city. Procopious, clad from head to foot in chain armor, is surrounded by his stern body-guard. Surprise and pleasure beam from his countenance as he remembers his own childhood's days, and for the sake of them and the little innocents who recall them to his memory, is swayed to mercy towards all."
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.