Born at Haarlem, 1624; died 1683. This inimitable specimen realizes all we would expect of one who, to a clearness and strength of judgment, united a wonderfull power and ease in expressing his ideas, a judicious choice of nature, and an elegance of expressing every subject. . . . Every thing is beautifully arranged; while transparency and harmony of colour, united to breadth, clearness and distinctness of touch, prove the master hand of the artist. The cattle are true to life. The leafing of the trees is exquisitely and freely touched, and the trunk, situated on the left, is surprising. Thistles, dock leaves, and even the snails are not to be forgotten, a proof that with all great qualities of the art, as breadth, composition, and chiaroscuro, even the minutiae may be introduced to advantage. His distinguishing characteristics are a sweetness and breadth of pencil; a just distribution of his lights; the grandeur of his masses of light and shadow; a truth of aerial perspective; brilliancy, harmony, and transparency of colouring. He painted every part of his subject so well as to render it difficult to determine in which he excelled most: his trees, buildings, rocks, hills, cattle, and figures, being all equally admirable. A specimen of this kind is rarely to be purchased. [Pp. 5-6.]
A Descriptive Catalogue of the Paintings, by the Ancient Masters, including Specimens of the First Class, by the Italian, Venetian, Spanish, Flemish, Dutch, French, and English Schools, open at the American Academy, Barclay Street. Admittance (catalogues included) $.50. Season Tickets $1.00. Family Ticket for the season, admitting four, $5.00. New-York: Printed by W. Mitchell, 265 Bowery. 1832.