Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. [not numbered]
Near this collection is a charming group of small photographic pictures from the studio of Miss Josephine O'Conner. The art of coloring photographs, whether taken on paper, porcelain, ivory or enamel, has become a distinctive branch in itself, and has become so popular that the large majority of people care nothing for photographic likeness now, unless they have been retouched in water colors or by some other method. It is a delicate and difficult work, for any want of discriminating taste on the part of the artist gives an unnatural tinge, and spoils the fidelity of the picture. Miss O'Connor has been a conscientious and painstaking artist, and has now acquired a skill that is attracting general attention in St. Louis. Her picture is unmistakably good; in fact she is one of the best colorists in St. Louis, and with the enlarging of her experience will soon have no equal. There was something of a venture in establishing a studio for this specific purpose, but her numerous friends and her own patience and genius have made the experiment a success. [P. 47.]
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.