There were three paintings contributed for the occasion by Dr. Van Zandt. . . . The first we will notice is the "Prairie on Fire." The scene is laid in the wild solitudes of the extensive regions watered by the Yellow Stone. The flames are raging on one side of the river, and, to escape their fury, a herd of buffaloes, . . . in their maddening rush, are swimming the Yellow Stone. Some have already gained the opposite side, and are seen scampering up one of those high ranges of hills which skirt its banks. All are running up the hill in wild fear and disorder--all but one--and he stands upon the bluff bank of the river--he, the leader and the patriarch of the herd; . . . is awaiting for the last of the herd safely to cross the river. He stands there with his feet growing to the earth, his head slightly stooped and inclined on one side--the position of comfort--and his gaze dauntless, unshrinking, and terrific, is fixed upon those of his frightened followers that are fording the river. In the distance, . . . are seen the branching antlers of a stag, which has plunged into the water to escape the fury of the flames, which, from their fervid coloring and natural expression, communicate a scorching atmosphere to the painting that gives force, truth and poetry to the masterly production. [Pp. 126-127; see entries 02510107 and 02510109 for other works noted in this commentary.]
Report of the Fourth Annual Fair of the St. Louis Agricultural & Mechanical Association, of September, 1859. Prepared by M. Hopewell, M.D. St. Louis: George Knapp & Co., Book and Job Printers. 1860.