"In the department allotted to the United States Loan Collection in the Art Palace was one painting which never failed to command earnest attention — though that may be said of many in that fine collection — and which was the subject of much admiring comment. It was the picture known as '' The Spy,'' the property of C. P. Huntington, of New York, and painted by the French artist, A. M. de Neuville. It represented a group, apparently, of Russian officers, seated negligently at luncheon outside the quarters taken in some town occupied, and interrupted in their repast by the arrival of riders who have brought in a captured spy. The circumstance does not disturb the officers materially. They lean back carelessly in judicial attitudes, while the prisoner is being searched, the smoke-wreaths curling upward from the pipes and cigarettes they are enjoying with their coffee. To them this incident of war is not a serious matter. It is but to listen to, decide, and, possibly, to designate the fate of the man before them. With the prisoner the case is very different and it is in his face that much of the interest of the strong work of the artist centers. It is surely the face of a brave man, one resolute to any end and courageous under any misfortune. There is no fear in his eyes of the death that is close to him. His attitude is patiently defiant, graceful even in the degradation of the search About the square, women and children look curiously and regretfully on the scene. The artist who painted the picture is dead, but in this work alone, he left something worthy behind him.'' -- Reminiscences of the Fair. 1893.rn"