Jervis McEntee Diaries

Saturday November 29, 1873

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Saturday, November 29, 1873, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Saturday, Nov 29, 1873- Painted all day on my late Autumn. The weather continues steadily wintry. Took a walk towards Kingston in the evening. Received a letter from Sara today in which she tells me that Mrs. Stoddard met a gentleman at dinner at Stedmans who says he will give five hundred dollars for one of my pictures if he sees one he likes that he has always wanted one and has tried to approach me personally and through others but that I ask more than the best French artists. She wants to know what I have in my studio and if Mrs. Stoddard can take him there. Mrs. S. declines to say who he is. I have written to Sara that I have nothing for $500. He can have either of the four in my room for $1000 to pay me $500 now and $500 in a year if that will be any accomodation or can have the "Pine tree for $500. That I am painting a little late autumn for $300, that I have finished a winter which I will probably send to the Century next week which he can have for $300 and that Mrs. Stoddard may tell him I think he is mistaken if he says I charge more than the best French artists unless he refers to the French Landscape artists in which case I say it is because I think mine better than theirs. I have heard such things as this before and have learned that they mean talk and not business.

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