Jervis McEntee Diaries

Friday May 24, 1878

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Friday, May 24, 1878, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Mr. Wickes who bought my picture in the Academy called on me today and I was glad to find him an apparently genial gentleman. He told me the price he offered was in no sense the gauge of his appreciation of it but it was only a question of whether he could have it at that price or not have it at all. It was very nice for him to come and see me and I let him know that I appreciated it. Booth stood again for Brutus but I get on slowly. Mrs. Weeks and Miss Blake called. Calvert came in while Mr. Wickes was here and he talked to him about building a house in Newburg where he owns a place. Bowyer and I dined together. I deposited my thousand dollar check and this with the money for my Academy picture will enable me to pay my bills which is a great relief to me and for this much I suppose an American Artist fifty years old ought to be thankful.

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