Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. [not numbered]
"The Rent Day." This celebrated picture in Harding's collection, but the property of Mr. F.O. Day, is the most prominent picture in the exhibition. As a piece of character-painting it is among the best of modern times. It delineates a scene wonderfully graphic in its details. Rent day is an annual event of great importance in such rural regions. The agent of the landlord with his secretary to receive the dues from the tenants. The room of some farm-house becomes the temporary office, and the owners of small and large holdings gather for the occasion. The artist portrays the interior of the room--the table at which is seated the agent and his serivener [sic], while the forms of tenants complete the groups. The consequential faces of the two most important personages and the expressive lineaments of the rustics, are wrought out with a vigor of coloring and a naturalness only possible to genius. The whole scene is comprehended at a glance, and the fact that one forgets to analyze the details in the suggestiveness of the aggregate illustrates the success accomplished. A character speaks from each form, and the whole becomes a phase of peasant life. [P. 75; exhibited under heading: "Paintings in Oil."]
Tenth Annual Report of the Saint Louis Agricultural and Mechanical Association. Prepared for Publication by John T. Tracy. St. Louis: Missouri Democrat Book and Job Printing House. 1871.