Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday November 28, 1872

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, November 28, 1872, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, Nov. 28, 1872- Thanksgiving day, and for the first time in many years spent away from home. Mary has invited us to dine with her. Mrs. Draper called yesterday and invited us to dine with her. We are to dine there on Sunday with Gifford. I watched with Kensett last night. He slept nearly the whole night and is getting well fast. I wrote to Hamilton last week to come and see two pictures I have and told him I would abate somewhat from my price if he cared to buy. My letter reached him in the midst of the "North West" excitement in Wall St., but he wrote me he would call and see me as soon as he could find time. I have determined to sell my pictures at reduced prices and those that are not so popular at considerably less. Having determined upon this I feel relieved and can do it now easily. Someone sent me a copy of the London Times with a short but favorable notice of my October Snow now in the Dudley Gallery. I wrote Mr. Chickering to come and see his picture. He does not expect to be in New York this winter and asked if I would object to sending the picture to him by express and give him the privilege of returning it at his expense if he chose. I have written to him declining to do so. My first impulse was to do it but on reflecting I see many objections to it. Tuesday night I painted a sketch of Gertrude at the carved cabinet by gaslight which is pretty good. I would like to practice figures and am thinking of doing something at it. I think if I could arrange to do so next summer it would add greatly to my happiness and open up a new and attractive field to me. I feel that I could succeed in it after a while and shall consider it seriously.

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