Jervis McEntee Diaries

Saturday February 8, 1873

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, February 8, 1873, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Saturday, Feb. 8, 1873- I sent my picture to the club last Saturday night and it seems to have attracted considerable attention. Many spoke to me in commendation of it and I have reason to be pleased with its reception. On Tuesday evening we attended a reception at the opening of the galleries of the Water Color Society at the Academy where was also the collection brought over by Mr. Blackburne. From the necessarily hasty glance I got I was not impressed with the English part. It does not fairly represent them I think. Thursday I went to hear Parke Godwin lecture at the academy. His lecture was excellent and I wish he would do more in the same direction. I afterwards attented a reception at the Arcadian Club, which was very crowded and very miscellanious as to the company although many distinguished persons were present. Friday evening Gifford dined with us and invited us to go to Wallachs to see Sothern in "Sam" which I think is not so good as his Dundreary. It has been warm and springlike today. I walked up to Eastman Johnsons but he had gone out. I had a nice visit from Mr. Deforest a day or two ago and today he brought his brother to see my pictures. Hamilton came the fore part of the week to make me an offer for my wood interior but I told him I would not take less than my price, and have half regretted it since for I very much need the money. I am hoping he will come again. Thompson made me a long visit today and Palmer was in on Tuesday seemingly no more happy and contented than we who are not getting along at all. Rossiter's effects were sold this week including his pictures, carved furniture, books, etc. I went this evening and bought some French books.

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