Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. [not numbered]
"Laramie Peak," by J.R. Meeker. The property of Gen. John McNeil. A view in Wyoming Territory, looking towards the snowy range, with Laramie Peak in the center, looming up in the distance of 100 miles from the spectator. Describing this picture, an art critic says: "We think that of all the master-pieces of Meeker this is decidedly in advance of anything we have hitherto seen. It indicates great natural capacity improved by close study and observation. Meeker is not like many artists, one-sided in his work, but does equal justice to each of those elements that constitute a faithful picture--earth, sky, water, foliage--and yet, by a powerful manipulation of each of these elements, bringing certain features out prominently and subduing others in tone, producing those splendid atmospheric effects often seen lying on a distant scene in nature, but so rare and difficult an attainment in art, and which in a pre-eminent degree characterizes this last picture of his. While always aiming at originality in tone and treatment, our artist, nevertheless, closely adheres to nature, and is ever studying out the various effects of sunlight, the articulation of trees, the characteristics of foliage and vegetation, which he always faithfully reproduces in his foregrounds, as well as giving attention to grand outlines of mountain forms, clouds, sky, and water." [P. 65; exhibited under heading: "Water-Colors."]
Ninth Annual Report of the Saint Louis Agricultural and Mechanical Association. Prepared for Publication by Maj. Geo. W. Gilson. St. Louis: Missouri Democrat Book and Job Printing House. 1871.