Jervis McEntee Diaries

Tuesday February 18, 1873

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, February 18, 1873, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 1873- Mr. Hurlbert came in today with his wife, two other ladies and Mr. Hawk. After some discussion he took my brook scene near Scribners, for $400. Church came in and kindly, but rather persistently, I thought recommended him to take this when I hoped he would take my "October in the Kaatskills". I confess I was disappointed and felt rather that I had lost a thousand dollars than made four hundred. I fail to impress these business men, ignorant of art. Church always comes in for the lions share. I wish I were not restive under this neglect. I can't get used to it knowing as I well do that among cultivated and thoughtful people I am the peer of any of the painters. Church is very friendly to me; but sometimes I think he does not really feel my pictures, and that he wouldn't like me so well if I had his popularity. I may do him injustice. An unsuccessful man has at least this advantage he doesn't excite envy.

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