Jervis McEntee Diaries

Sunday November 10, 1872

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, November 10, 1872, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Sunday, Nov. 10, 1872- We left Rondout and came to New York for the winter on Thursday Nov. 7. It was a trial to come and leave my father and mother nearly alone there. Sara is in N.Y. and only Maurice is home and he is only there in the evening. Mary Gifford came down on Friday and we prevailed upon her to stay all night with us. We fixed up my little bed which I got when I was sick and made her quite comfortable. We had Sanford to dinner with us and just before we had finished Mary and Sara came in but as Sanford had got tickets for the theatre we had to leave, they walking up with us and we went to see Pygmalion & Galatia at Wallacks which didn't interest me much. Mary Gifford went home yesterday. A Mr. Sullivan called who had come here about six weeks ago with an English gentleman who wanted to buy one of my pictures. He inquired the price of the Chickering picture and also the one I painted for Dorman and is going to write to him. Since the election people talk encouragingly about business and predict a prosperous season for Art. The Belmont collection is offered for sale. I went to see it yesterday but he has withheld his best pictures and yet it is cried up in the papers as one of the greatest collections ever offered here. Derby has hired the Academy for an exhibition and sale of foreign Art and foreign pictures are pouring in in a perfect deluge. There seems no place for us but I hope it will be good for us in some way. I took Gertrude over to Vaux's last evening and then went to the Century where I met a number of acquaintances. I talked nearly all the evening with Freeman the artist of Rome who has taken a studio here for the winter. He told me that C.C. Coleman sailed for Europe yesterday. The evening we arrived in New York Fitch invited me to dine with him in company with Gifford, Weston and Mr. Craven.

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