A feeling of soft pervading stillness falls upon us as we gaze upon this exquisite picture, which possesses a double interest from the fact of its being the joint composition of two artists, each excelling in his line. The mountains rising from the water's edge to the left and in the centre of the background are bathed in a flood of tender sunlight, while the rocky and perpendicular ones to the right lie in shadow. The grouping and pose of the animals are perfect; some of them are standing in the water, and all seem to be enjoying, in their bovine way, the balmy breath of evening. Eugene Verboeckhoven was born in 1799 at Warneton, a small village in Belgium. He is a member of the Antwerp Academy, an officer of the Order of Leopold, a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, Commander of the Portugese [sic] Order of Christ, and Chevalier of the Order of Merit of Bavaria. Many painters who have risen to eminence have acquired a knowledge of the art in his studio at Brussels. [P. 8.]
Catalogue of Paintings in the Crocker Art Gallery, Sacramento, California. Compiled by Mrs. A.L. Doyle. Sacramento: H.S. Crocker & Co., Printers. 1876.