Jervis McEntee Diaries

Wednesday February 16, 1881

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, February 16, 1881, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Wednesday, Feb 16, 1881 Went with Bunner and had an interview with Richardt the result of which was his coming to my room to see my pictures. The interview was not very encouraging to me. If I sell my pictures through him I shall have to sell them at half price, but perhaps I had better do it than to sit in my studio and do nothing. I sent him my "Vermont Autumn" 20x24 for which he is to send me $300 if he sells it and he is to get $500 if he can. The idea is for me to let him try my pictures for a while to test the market and see what he can sell them for. I dont anticipate much from this. The fact is I am discouraged and have not the energy and enterprise to fight my way. I thought after I had made my reputation I would have got through all of that. Have had a head ache all day. Was obliged to take a half bottle of champagne which arrested it but did not cure it. I slept badly. Mr. Morse and Miss Bigelow called.

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