Wednesday, Dec 15, 1880 Have felt very discouraged today. All I hear about the condition of American art is most discouraging. A man called to see me about getting a picture to help him start an art room or brokerage, but there is too much borrowing pictures and too little buying. Have painted on my picture with figure of a girl leaning against a tree. Every one seemed to think I ought to make my trees darker against the sky and I have done it but I am not sure it is better. I went up to Eastman Johnsons this evening but to my great disappointment they were not at home so I came back and spent the evening at the club, returning to my room with a very forlorn feeling. Wrote to Alice.