Jervis McEntee Diaries

Wednesday September 20, 1876

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Wednesday, September 20, 1876, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

This from the Tribune - [newspaper excerpt attached reads, "Senor Escosura, the distinguished Spanish artist, walking through one of the New-York picture galleries the other day, paused before one of Mr. Jervis McEntee's beautiful canvases, and said, "I don't know this artist; I never saw any of his work before; but I know no one in Europe who could do better."] I confess the accompanying extract from the Tribune of today came to me as a great solace in the midst of my worries and anxieties. I am very glad to have the spontaneous endorsement of artists, and I am thankful I have had it many times. My pictures at the Centennial exhibition have had a number of very favorable notices and are always classed as among the best there. I only wish it would induce our picture buyers to think more of my work, and I think it will in time. My salvation is in going on and improving in my pictures and it is the fear that I may not be able to do this that often causes me anxiety. There is great danger that a man in need of money will be induced to work for popular favor and so prevent him from following out his own ideas. An artist above all men should be free from money troubles and I think constantly of how I can order my life so as to be independent in this respect. I had the Franklin all nicely fitted in the parlor today and we built a fire in it and it works perfectly satisfactorily. I think it will add much to the comfort of the room.

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