Born at Pilas, near Seville, A.D. 1613--died A.D. 1685, aged 72. This admirable artist studied under his uncle, Don Juan del Castillo, who was a painter of some eminence and established an Academy at Seville. The fame of Velasquez, who was in the height of his reputation, reached Seville, and Murillo conceived the project of visiting Madrid for the purpose of introducing himself to the notice of that distinguished artist, in which he was successful; . . . DESCRIPTION. This magnificent picture represents a Spanish Peasant family; an old woman with spectacles on; her hands on the head of a little boy who is lying on a form before her. She appears to be looking up, surprised at something that has been said by a young man who has just entered the room on the left, while a young female who leans on his shoulder seems to express her displeasure.--The contrast between the aged wrinkled female, and the jocose healthy young man, is managed with peculiar effect; in the foreshortening of the little boy the artist has been most happy, and not less so in the casting of the drapery and the management of the chiar-oscuro. The colouring is equal to any master that ever painted, and the whole possesses a force and excellence which only requires to be seen to be appreciated. . . . [Pp. 16-17.]
A Catalogue of Italian, Flemish, Spanish, Dutch, French, and English Pictures; which have been collected in Europe and brought to this country by Mr. Richard Abraham, of New Bond Street, London, and are now exhibiting at the American Academy of Fine Arts. March, 1830. Admittance, forty cents. Children under twelve years, half price. Catalogues, twelve and a half cents. New York: Printed by R. & G.S. Wood, No. 265 Pearl Street.