Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday January 27, 1873

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, January 27, 1873, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Monday, Jan. 27, 1873- On Friday evening we attended a reception of the working women of N.Y. to Miss Faithfull in Steinway Hall. Mrs. H. M. Field delivered an address introducing Miss Faithful who addressed the meeting in a most interesting manner. There was a piano solo, a song by Mrs. Van Zandt and at the close of the meeting Nett Sterling came in with her bonnet and cloak on and sang "Caller Herrin." To a vigorous encore she sang "Don't be Sorrowful Darling" and being again called out she sang with great spirit and effect, "A Man's a Man for a' That." Altogether it was a very marked and successful occasion. We met Miss Faithful again on Sunday evening and has a pleasant talk with her. I also had a chat with Miss Patterson who accompanies her and whom I met on Thursday in my studio. Miss Ellen Frothingham was also there and we had a very pleasant evening and fine air to breathe. We dined at the Drapers on Sunday and I called on Eastman Johnson. It snowed on Saturday and again severely all day today. I recieved a letter from Raniger from London today telling me my picture had returned from the Dudley exhibition unsold. Dick Butler & Henry Smith called on me today to get me to send something to the Ladies reception of the Union League on Saturday. Smith seemed rather struck with the picture I am painting Sea from Shore Cape Ann, and remarked that one of these days he would have to get something of mine. I told him to wait until I was dead, perhaps my pictures would be worth more. Gifford dined with us. Kruseman Van Elten called on me. He said he was going to have a sale and leave the country and go back to Holland as he could not make a living here. He regrets it as he likes America and would like to stay. I think that gradually every Artist will leave who can get away.

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