This, done early in 1850, and conspicuous in the collection, presents a subject particularly interesting to Californians. It represents Capt. Grayson and his family upon the summit of the Sierra Nevada, when just emerging from the wilderness and for the first time viewing the plains and mountains of California. The early pioneer has surmounted the risk of his arduous journey, and, feeling that his family is safe and his object attained, calmly and joyfully surveys the scene. The portraits are good, the landscape is Californian, and the composition, representing the high idea of the progress of civilization westward, will render this picture one of ever increasing value in the history of the arts in California. It is the only one in the Exhibition which combines the portrait and landscape with historic composition, and it should ever elicit high praise for the pioneer painter of San Francisco. [Pp. 97-98.]
Report of the First Industrial Exhibition of the Mechanics' Institute of the City of San Francisco, held at the Pavilion of the Institute, from the 5th to the 20th September, A.D. 1857; to which is prefixed a Brief Outline of the Origin and Progress of the Association, with its Constitution, By-laws, etc. San Francisco: Printed at the Franklin Office 1858.