"(Fr.) Paris. Pupil of Picot and Bouguereau. Medal 1834, Med. 2nd cl. 1876. Azor's education. 35 x 46. It goes without saying that Azor is the demure little poodle, with the lump of sugar on his nose. His fair young mistress is 'putting him through his facings,' while a younger sister and brother look on with kindly interest at the lesson. The faces of these children are striking specimens of feature painting. The attentive seriousness of the gentle teacher, the pleasure and expectation of the younger children, are rendered with masterly skill. The modelling of the neck and arms of the chief figure, and the drawing both of her own and her sister's hands, are real triumphs of art. The furniture too, even to its lesser details, is drawn and painted with as much skill as conscien- tious care. A large mass of yellow is a difficult thing to manage in a canvas; but the artist here makes it harmonize admirably with his other colors. It is no wonder that this picture, when exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1872, evoked great and general applause. It was looked upon as a chef d'oeuvre. It was purchased at the sale of the Harper's collection, of which it was considered the gem, March 13th, 1880."
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.