Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday May 16, 1872

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, May 16, 1872, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, May 16 - I received a letter from Boughton last night dated Apl. 30 the evening of varnishing day at the Royal Academy. One of my pictures the November was in, on the line in a good room and looked nicely. The other one he could not find and it was either hung up out of sight or rejected. Four thousand pictures were rejected. Bradford's white bear picture among the rest, a large picture of Beirstadts, Farrers oil pictures, while his water colors were put on the line. LaFarge's large picture was rejected and his flowers hung high and in a corner. Inness skied Hennessy ditto and one out; so among so many dead and wounded I have done well. Boughton's three pictures, each parts of a whole are hung together on the line and form a centre so that he could not have been better treated. The weather is raw and windy again and the air obscured by smoke from the burning woods on the mountains. We went to Kingston yesterday and got seeds and plants for our flower garden but it is so windy we cannot put them out.

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