Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday May 22, 1873

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, May 22, 1873, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, May 22, 1873- Just as I was in the midst of writing a not very cheerful letter to my father there was a knock at my door and Mr. Francis Weeks came in. After talking some time he spoke of my picture on the easel and liked it very much. Then he asked me if I had the little picture of Scribner's Mill which I showed him. He asked my price for each and here I had an opportunity to put in practice my resolve of yesterday. I named $300 and $500 respectively but told him he could have them at $200 and $400 he paying for frames. He said that was perfectly satisfactory and told me that if Avery did not take the larger one he would; so I sold my picture and lifted myself at once out of the state of distraction in which I have been for some time past. Although it is not much it is enough with what I have coming to enable me to pay some things which I could not bear to think of leaving unpaid. Gifford invited us to dine with him this evening to meet Pinchot and Whittredge and his wife. Whittredge did not understand that his wife was invited and so she did not come, much to our regret. We had a very pleasant time. Pinchot gave us some very interesting accounts of his life in Paris and his visits to the artists, particularly to Cabanel who has painted the portraits of his wife and children in costume (for $12,000 gold as I inferred) and which I immediately begged him to let us have for the next Academy exhibition. He told us that Couture wears Sabots and is very close in money matters. It is surprising what a respect these European artists inspire in the breasts of our travelled Americans.

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