|Collection||NY Historical Society|
|Dates of Creation||1849/04/16|
|Scope & Content||
W. Schaus Esqr.
Stony Brook, April 16th, 1849
My dear Sir,
I have not been able to find but one or two short notices of the Dance of the Haymakers, which you have thought worthy of being engraved in Paris. The first is short, and quite too flattering. No 195 "'Dance of The Haymakers,' by Wm. S. Mount, perfect in character- Like all of Mr. M's familiar scenes, the expression and details leave nothing to be wished for." No 195 "Represents a barn floor scene, opening upon a fiddler, two Long Islanders, dancing with great energy, and an old man listening with his fancy evidently touched by the performance at the right, and on the out side of the barn, a negro boy is adding to the excitement and noise by drumming on the door, evidently delighted with the `concord of sweet music' which he thinks he produces. The noise of the clog hoppers, the music, and the loud laughter of the lookers on, is enough to arouse the village Parson. The last and not least, a cat watching a dog from a hollow beneath the door sill, is marvellous for its life and finish, quite equal to the celebrated master pieces of the kind in the Dutch school."
Yours most truly,
Wm. S. Mount