Petrarch's Father throwing the Poet's Books into the Fire, (painting)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 266
"(Ital.) Rome. Petrarch's father throwing the poet's books into the fire. 19 x 25. Petrarch's father, angered at the boy's love for the classics rather than for the study of law, to which he destined him, threw his precious manuscripts of the classics into the fire. The son's grief and despair, however, mollified the father, who snatched the books from the flames and bade him follow his own bent."
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.