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The Daily Dispatch: December 22, 1865., [Electronic resource], The scout's Prize. (search)
The scout's Prize. --This is the title of a painting, just completed by Mr. Elder, now on public exhibition at Davies's music store. It is truly a noble work, and stamps the artist as a man of rare genius. The whole story is told by a glance at the picture: a lonely bit of forest road, a furious snow storm, and a scout spurring on through it with a fury that shows he is pursued, but who seems cool and self-poised, holding a carbine in the firm clutch of his right hand, and leading t
ive of dreary forest, and the drift of snow driving along the surface, are all beautifully rendered.
There are a fallen trunk and a white oak near the foreground, both of which are as fine pieces of tree-drawing as one would wish to see of a winter's day. But the charm is the motion of the picture.
One almost expects to hear, at the next moment, the hoofs thunder on the little bridge ahead, or to see the wild black horse come leaping out of the canvass.
This is Mr. Elder's masterpiece.