Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday March 29, 1880

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, March 29, 1880, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Monday, Mar 29, 1880 Calvert, Mary and I came back to N.Y. by the early train. My heart was very heavy. When we got to town I went to my room to see if there were any letters. Received the pay for my picture sold in Springfield $400, and then went to the Academy this being buyers day. There were not many people there. It was a dull day and the press had treated what is a very fine exhibition coldly. I think it was a mistake to let the press in first and to have no one there with them. Few pictures were sold and small ones, among them one of my little ones to Prof. March, for $200. It seems a shame that in this great city where so much money is spent for Art that the opening of our Academy should excite so little interest. In the evening after many doubts I decided to go to the reception taking Julia Vaux. Calvert, Mary, Bowyer and Downing went. It was very brilliant and successful but I came to my room full of sadness remembering how I used to go with dear Gertrude and how different it all seemed to me now.

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