Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. [not numbered]
"Return from the Harvest," by Van Seben. This piece, probably from the subject, was highly popular, and supposed to be a representation of one of Burns' songs, "Coming through the Rye." It is a simple delineation of rustic courtshiP. A young girl is returning from harvesting along a narrow pathway, between the yellow ears of bending grain. Her lover, behind her, whispers some tender sentiment in her ear, which appears to be highly pleasing, if we may judge by the rather broad smile on the young woman's face. Further behind are more laborers, who are sensible enough to keep their distance, and not disturb the love-making. The subject is pleasingly treated, and the coloring is good, but the execution is hasty, and the expression on the faces very imperfectly rendered. The details, also the harvesting implements, are carelessly and unskillfully drawn. [Pp. 105-106.]
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.