Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday April 20, 1874

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Monday, April 20, 1874, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Monday, April 20, 1874- I have little to record in my journal. There seems an utter stagnation in Art matters. Avery told me he did not see anyone who had any idea of buying pictures. I think the dealers are pretty well discouraged. No one comes here. It is a little remarkable that pictures should sell at the Academy where they never had sold before. They are mostly low priced pictures however. I should probably have sold my Solitaire if I had asked about $400 for it. I am sorry now the way it is hung that I put any price on it. I have painted the past week a little late Autumn with two figures, based on one of my Deans Corner studies. I think it good in color and have commenced an 18x30 same subject which I have been hard at work upon today. Sherwood spoke to me about a picture that size and when it is finished I intend to call his attention to it without much confidence however that he will care for it. I have to keep busy to keep from being depressed. Money anxieties begin to suggest themselves. I have been comfortable in that respect all winter and would be now if I could get what is owed to me. However I mean to try to keep up courage. We called on the Whittredges last evening and came home in the rain. Alice Sawyer started for home this morning. She came to see us last evening to bid us good bye and I was very sorry to have her go. I wish we were living so that we could have her with us during the winter. It must have rained when she left at 7 o'clock and it has rained all day. Mr. & Mrs. Bachelder called on Friday. They are going to Europe in a sailing vessel. We asked them to dine with us on Tuesday. Mrs. B. F. Butler has invited us to spend the night with them on Thursday and we have accepted.

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