Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. [not numbered]
In the Harding collection are exhibited three remarkably fine pictures, by Meeker of this city. The center one is "The Lotus Eaters," based on Tennyson's famous poem, and recently finished. To the right is a Louisiana swamp scene, and perhaps the best produced by this artist; and to the left is a picture a trifle smaller in size, and depicting, we believe, a scene on the Florida River, introducing, however, some of the same features and characteristics of Meeker's Swamp pictures. The Lotus Eaters is an exceedingly original and interesting work, and delineates on canvas one of the most charming fancies of modern poetry. We have all read of the "mild-eyed" lotos eating pilgrims who reached that dreamy land "where it always seemed afternoon;" beyond a valley of slumberous streams and summer woods, three pinnacles of "aged snow" stood sunset-flushed. The picture represents the group of wanderers, some prostrate on the sward, some standing, while beyond the sweet valley and rising land, streaked with descending streams, the engoldened snow peaks rise. The details of the wild landscape are worked out with that faithfulness and force which are the chief characteristics of Meeker's style, and which are making his paintings really famous throughout the country. [P. 45; see entries 02590005 and 02590006 for other works noted in this commentary.]
Twelfth Annual Report of the St. Louis Agricultural and Mechanical Association. Prepared for Publication by J.L. Tracy. Jefferson City: Regan & Carter, Printers and Binders. 1873.