"c. Comte. Copy by V. Breton. Henry III and the Duke of Guise. 40 x 28. Original in the Luxembourg Gallery, Paris. The Duke of Guise, here shown as meeting the French king, Henry of Navarre, is the celebrated Henry I of Lorraine. He was a distinguished warrior, but having headed the league, and defeated the king, he was induced to negotiate, instead of relying on the people, who had risen in his favor. He was promised all he demanded, but the king had him assassinated in his palace and is said even to have kicked his lifeless body. His brother, the cardinal of Lorraine, was also killed, and the bodies of both were burned and the ashes scattered to the winds. This was done on the 23rd of december, 1588, the day after the meeting which is the subject of this picture. The place of the meeting is the castle of blois, about thirty-five miles south-west of Orleans."
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.