Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. [not numbered]
In the collection of Mr. Coale is a sketch by Troyon, of France, which we recommend every amateur of art to inspect attentively. It is but a hurried sketch, as if the artist had flung an idea on the canvas for future elaboration. It is a rural scene; a storm is impending, and a drove of sheep and some cows are being driven hastily home by some peasants. The coloring is not worked out, yet the drawing is so perfect that no careful painting could give it more force. Here is the true boldness and correctness of genius: that which makes such hasty sketches as truly beautiful as the fragmentary couplets which great poets sometimes leave behind them. In this dim little blotchy thing there is more merit than in a thousand of Sontag's pink-tinted landscapes, only to be found in the land of the Arabian Nights. [Pp. 79-80.] Animal.--First premium, diploma and $25, awarded to Troyon, exhibited by S.A. Coale, Jr. [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.