Jervis McEntee Diaries

Wednesday April 3, 1878

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Wednesday April 3, 1878, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Gertrude and I visited the Academy. Very few things sold and those unimportant works. Met Giffords wife and his sister Julia there. Gertrude almost sick with a very bad throat. Avery sent to tell me he had an inquiry for a picture of mine and asked if I would send him the one I had at the Union League Club, the study of Mr. Dods picture. I sent it with my price $350 to sell at his discretion. Shortly after I sent it Purdys man called to pack it and another picture to be sent to Doll & Richards. Sent another note to Whitehead to tell him that my picture would be here only a day or two. Do not think he means to come but thought I would do all I reasonably could to notify him. Told Avery in my note I had promised my picture to Doll and would probably want it on Friday again. Went to see Purdy to see if I could get any information from him but could not. Mrs. Palmer and Isabel called yesterday. Have not seen them for many years. These are very anxious and discouraging days. No one seems to take the least interest in the work of the American Artists. I have sold only one picture this whole winter. Called on the Taylors at the Westminster. They returned on Monday. Found Bancroft there. Mr. Condin came in to talk about the grand dinner to Taylor tomorrow. Read us Bryants speech he is to make which was very happy, also a letter from Holmes.

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