Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. [not numbered]
This painting represents St. John in his youth; a most perfect form, "With a girdle of a skin about his loins," quenching his thirst at a pure stream gushing from a rock. "His mother, Elizabeth, fled with him into the wilderness when he was eighteen months old, to avoid the eye of Herod the Great, when he destroyed the children at and near Bethlehem; and shortly after, both she and his father dying, he became exposed to all the dangers and infelicities of an orphan. But when his natural parents were removed, God became his peculiar guardian, who, according to the Greek tradition, sent his angel to be his nourisher."--Lawrence Echard's Ecclesiastical History. "And the child grew and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel."--St. Luke, chapter 1, v. 80. "And John was clothed with camels' hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did not eat locusts and wild honey."--St. Mark, chap. 1, v. 6. [Pp. 7-8.]
Pupil of David.
Grand Exhibition of Paintings, at the Academy of Fine Arts, in Barclay Street. The Destruction of Jerusalem, A.D. 70. By Whichelo; The Revolt in Paris, 1358, by Giraud; Don Juan, Haidee and Lambro, The Circassian Slave, Saint John in the Desert, The Princess of Capua, the four last by Dubufe, the celebrated painter of Adam and Eve. Open from 10 in the morning, until 10 at night. Admittance--25 cents. Season Tickets for One Month, 1 Dollar. New York; Vinten, Printer, 63 Vesey St.