Jervis McEntee Diaries

Saturday March 27, 1880

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, March 27, 1880, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Saturday, Mar 27, 1880 Sara, Calvert and I went to Kingston. Calvert to see Miss Forsyth and I to look at a picture of Theodorea Burr by the elder Vanderlyn. Miss Vanderlyn came to see me in the morning to ask me to come and look at it as she had some hope of selling it. It was not one of his good portraits and the drapery was unfinished. I advised her to ask $500 for it and then to take what she felt willing to accept. Vanderlyns Panorama of Versailles which has lain in the hall of the house in two great boxes for many years is to be taken to the New Armory and unrolled and hung up with a view to selling it if possible. It snowed when we came home and continued until evening when it began to rain. The Literary Club was to meet at our house and Calvert was to read his essay on dress but it rained so violently no one came except Mr. Buel from Rosendale. Calvert read his paper for us. Cousin Mary Waldo, arrived about noon. We had not seen her in twenty five years. Her husband died last July, and she lives in West Troy. She is a very interesting woman and we were all glad to see her.

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