Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. [not numbered]
Fruit Painting, in oil.--The premium article was a most exquisite painting. It was the production of MISS PEALE, of St. Louis, and to it was awarded the first premium, Diploma and fifteen dollars. It represented a Melon, freshly cut, and so natural--so tempting appeared its rosy heart, with the seed half embedded, that we wondered why some of the thousands of visitors who examined it did not fall into the mistake of the birds, when they pecked the grapes of Zeuxis, and attempt to take a slice of the delicious fruit. The copy was as perfect as the prototype. The accomplished artiste was happy in the selection of her subject, although the creation of her pencil was rather tantalizing to beholders. [Pp. 129-130.]
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.