Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday May 27, 1875

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Thursday, May 27, 1875, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

We went to Thomas' concert last night and found it very pleasant. Downing came down from the Palisades after an Alderney cow my father sent them, bringing an invitation for us to come up and spend Sunday. The weather is very pleasant in town but I begin to long for the country. Moore came in and I let him have my little "Fisher Girl" to sell on commission he to frame it at an expense of about $20 but I am not to pay for the frame unless I wish to. He is to sell the picture for $300 netting me $250 above frame and commission. I have repainted the "Wilderness" for him which he bought at Auction for $200. He is to send me the Gazette des Beaux Arts and the Portfolio for a year for what I did. Mr. Van Valkenburgh called to see me a day or two ago and said he wanted to bring a Mr. Haines here. They had been here but I was out. I think Van Valkenburgh would buy my picture if he knew enough but he is timid and wants some one to assure him. Have had a pretty anxious and exciting day today. A succession of callers all day. My father came in very unexpectedly. Has some money to pay and came to me to help him. Fortunately I could do it by derailing my own plans but it has discouraged and saddened me to see my father worried in his old age by money troubles. If I could only sell my pictures how much I could do to make his old age comfortable. He brought discouraging accounts from Maurice. That is the bitterest trouble. Frank Weeks called about five oclock and as I had been in all day, when he went I walked with him to get a little exercise and get my thoughts out of my own worries. This evening called on Mrs. Taylor but their servant told me she is ill in bed and has been for three days. Taylor is at Cornell University delivering a course of lectures. Stopped at Eastman Johnsons on my way home. Thompson & wife & child and Hicks and wife sailed for Europe today by the Frisia.

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