Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. [not numbered]
"Mayer's Portrait of Emmet Macdonald" has the naturalness of coloring which characterizes this artist's portraits, who works out the details of dress and likeness with a felicity few of his cotemporaries [sic] surpass. There is a little hardness in this picture, but the fidelity of the drawing and coloring makes it a work of a very high order. Mayer teaches a lesson average portrait-painters would do well to heed. In delineating faces he aims at truth and not adornment. He makes them as he saw them, and not as the living originals would like to have them. There are several other portraits on exhibition which illustrate the error he so carefully avoids. They have a brilliancy of complexion which, however desirable, is seldom seen, and certainly does not belong to some of the persons whose faces form the subjects. It is curious that the professional eye of the artist does not see this which is so plain to the ordinary spectator. Possibly they do apprehend the fact, but are more anxious to make handsome pictures and please the people en masse, than to work out a really artistic production. This would explain the persistency in the error, but it is a poor excuse for one who is supposed to love art for its own sake. [Pp. 77-78.] Head, life size.--First premium, diploma and $20, awarded to a picture of Emmet McDonald, painted by Constant Meyer. [P. 87; exhibited under heading: "PAINTING IN OIL, ORIGINAL."]
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.