NOTE.--In the near distance of this beautiful painting, rises the grandest Mount on this continent, known as Mount Shasta in Northern California. Its peak rises 14,000 feet above the level of the sea, and perpetual snow reflects the cold sun-light on the crest. All along the picture lie those volcanic plateaux for which that region is so celebrated. The artist has seized with a rare and happy fidelity to nature, its truthfulness and grandeur. Although it is the fashion among some of our artists in painting large exhibition pictures to sensationalize them somewhat, Mr. Elkins has studiously avoided every appearance of this, and has produced a painting that is only surpassed in correctness of design and detail by nature herself. The distance from the immediate foreground to the base of the mountain is supposed to be about 20 miles, and notwithstanding the difficulties to be contended with in the clear rare atmosphere of the country the idea is faithfully carried out. This picture was painted about three years ago in Chicago, and on its completion was forwarded to the Vienna Exposition, where it met with the fullest need of praise it was so justly entitled to. [P. 19.]
Rochester Academy of Art. (Incorporated 1874.) 40 & 42 State Street. Catalogue of the Works of Art, exhibited at their First Exhibition. In June, 1875. Rochester, N.Y.: Union and Advertiser Company's Book and Job Print. 1875.