Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. [not numbered]
This is a striking picture, showing great skill of execution. The paint is laid on with almost a rough thickness, but the perspective of the far sea and cloudy sky is truly admirable. There is a whiteness in the sunlight that seems somewhat unnatural; yet, on the whole, it is a very fine picture, but requires to be viewed from a distance. [P. 100.] "The Castle on the Ocean," by A. Leu, was considered by many as the best picture in the Pettes & Leathe Collection. On one side is a ruined castle, and on the other the ocean stretching away to the horizon. The sky is partially obscured by light broken clouds. It is the afternoon, and the sun sends a broad stream of light across the rippling water. This is the scene, with the accompaniments of rocks and trees and forms of men near the edge of the water. The constituents of the scene are simple enough, but ever attractive, and in this picture are treated very happily. . . . The grey hues of the far sea, away from the track of the sunlight, are painted in natural and truthful colors, and, in fact, the water and foreground are both painted with the brush of a talented artist. [P. 108; see entry 02550044 for related commentary.]
Seventh Annual Report of the Saint Louis Agricultural and Mechanical Association. Prepared for Publication by Richard A. Barret. St. Louis, Mo.: George Knapp & Co., Printers and Binders. 1868.