Jervis McEntee Diaries

Saturday May 23, 1874

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Saturday, May 23, 1874, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Saturday, May 23, 1874- Went down town yesterday to see about pedestals for my garden vases. Had a headache but not one of my severe ones. Have finished a water color drawing 9x15 of my Late Autumn with figures and it came out so well that I wrote to Col. Hay that I would like Miss Stone to see if she liked it she might have it as she seemed disappointed in not getting the other. This morning he and his wife and Miss Stone called and she liked the picture better than the other and is to let me know on Monday if she can take it. Eastman Johnson called and I walked up to 42nd St. with him. Have been sitting to Le Clear for several days so that he may finish my portrait begun long ago. How differently I feel from what I did a year ago. Although this has been a winter of financial depression I have made my usual income, been economical, paid some old debts, and shall have a little money left for the summer, which is certainly a great triumph for an artist of established reputation at the age of 46 years. I ought to be thankful that I am not in jail.

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