Jervis McEntee Diaries

Saturday April 25, 1874

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Saturday, April 25, 1874, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Saturday, April 25, 1874- A North East rain storm has raged all day. I have not been out of doors. Mrs. Platt called with Miss Chuney and her father and spent a pleasant half hour with us. On Wednesday I went up to see Eastman Johnson whom I found considerably worried over his work as well as his affairs. He begins for the first time in years to know some of my anxieties. I did not stay long as he was painting a portrait of a little child which was brought in by the nurse while I was there. Mr. J. T. Johnson gave his annual artists party on Friday to which I was invited but I did not go. President Grant was there. Weir and his wife came down from New Haven. Weir gave a dinner to us the Batchelders and Gifford in Giffords room last evening. He brought Mr. Deane to my room in the afternoon and he told me afterwards the Mr. Deane was going to bring his partner to my studio to see the picture I am painting and he thinks he will buy it. I have about completed it. Cook had a most cruel article on Hall in his Academy notice yesterday and again today. Hall is greatly incensed. He came to my room today and showed me a caricature of him which he had made, but I hope Cook will not hear of it. Hall has sold the picture Cook ridiculed and I tried to assure him that this was a proof that such articles did not hurt him.

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