Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday April 4, 1878

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Thursday, April 4, 1878, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

To the Academy to see Miss Durfer to see if she knows Mr. C. P Huntington the rail road man and to tell her of my picture. She came to see it. Knows Mr. H and thinks he will like it but his partner has just died and no knowing whether she can get hold of him, but is going to try. Bancroft called. Weir and his wife and Frank Waller called. Weir took no interest in my picture and said nothing about it which quite disappointed me. I dont think he would like to have me sit in his studio in front of a new and important picture and take no notice of it. Tonight the grand dinner to Taylor. Bowyer [?] us the arrangement of the tables which he printed. I was one of the first invited and had to decline for economic reasons. I would like to go and felt a pang that I could not but I felt I had no right. An American Artist has no right to do anything and ought to be thankful if he exists. Gifford, Whittredge and Eastman went.

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