Thursday March 20, 1873
Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, March 20, 1873, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Thursday, Mar 20, 1873- On Saturday night I went to the club and made an arrangement with Mr. Blackburn to have his wife dine with us on Monday and take her to Brooklyn to the Reception of the Art Society as he was invited to dine with the committee. Accordingly she came and I escorted her there. The Reception was a great success. They had their two fine rooms and the Academy opening together and such crowds of people I never saw on a like occasion. They had many fine pictures. I sent my Sea from Shore. Wednesday evening Mr. and Mrs. Blackburn dined with us and seemed to enjoy the quiet occasion very much. They have been feted so much and seen so much of the formal side of New York life that I was glad to show them how one of the artists lives. He seemed thoroughly to enjoy the evening and thought we lived an artistic life. Whittredge's little daughter 16 months old died this (Wednesday) afternoon. I went up yesterday to inquire about it and met Whittredge who seemed very anxious. It will be a severe blow to him at his time of life. I went up there this morning to see if I could do anything. Whittredge and Gifford had gone up to Woodlawn cemetery, but I saw Mrs. Whittredge and she showed me her dead child. Poor woman she has had many sorrows and bears them with great bravery.
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