Friday January 23, 1874
Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Friday, January 23, 1874, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Friday, Jan 23, 1874- Eastman Johnson came this afternoon to see my figures. I had been very anxious to hear his opinion for I knew he would be frank and on his encouragement or adverse criticism my ambition in the line of figures would be largely determined. When I showed him the first one he was really surprised and most agreeably said it is a great deal better than I imagined you could do - ten times better and commended it very highly to my great delight. Criticized a few things but on the whole was much gratified. He likes the Solitaire also but pointed out some errors of drawing as I had supposed but after all encouraged me more than I had reason to hope. I feel so good over what he said and shall go at it tomorrow and carry out some of his suggestions. I went up and dined with him and he showed me his summers work which is very interesting. Recd. a letter from Gertrude. Calvert and Mary also called to see my pictures and were pleased.
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