Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday January 23, 1873

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Thursday, January 23, 1873, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, Jan. 23, 1873- We had a reception at the Studio Building today which seems to have been a success so far as numbers and respectability of the visitors is concerned. The wealth of New York was out in full force and (its ignorance of Art too) Tenth Street was full of carriages all the afternoon. I had decided not to open my room but learning that I was expected to do so I reluctantly yielded. On the whole I rather enjoyed it, it was so much less disagreeable than I had apprehended. Among the guests was Miss Emily Faithful the English reformer and friend of the working women. Mr. Bryant and Parke Godwin were here but the large majority of visitors were ladies. I wrote to Mrs. Cook last evening after hearing of the death of her sister in law Mrs. Walker wife of Hon. Robt J. Walker. I saw by the paper this morning the death of Mr. Rand the artist. I presume he died in poverty if not in neglect. He was the inventor of the collapsible tubes for holding colors and was at one time a successful artist, having been entertained in the best families of England during a visit there.

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