This fine bust represents the immortal Homer, the father of Grecian poetry, and the ornament of human nature; the Diadem which encircles his head is the emblem of the divinity which he merited by his exalted genius, and by which he obtained the honour of his Apotheosis. The formation of the eyes, (of admirable execution) indicates the privation of sight, a misfortune under which this celebrated poet is generally supposed to have laboured. Although the portrait of Homer has always been considered doubtful, even among the ancients, it is yet well known that busts similar to this have passed under his name. [Pp. 14-15.]
Account of Statues, Busts, &c. in the Collection of the Academy of Arts. New-York: Printed at the Office of the Morning Chronicle. 1803.