Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday January 20, 1881

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, January 20, 1881, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, Jan 20, 1881 Painted all day. First on the copy of my picture with the Vermont brook for Mr. Bates which I have got well under way and then took up my other picture in which are the two figures of children which I advanced and now feel I will make interesting. Annie Norton and Annie Lee called. Annie Lee told me she and Fanny took the prize in Baltimore for the portion they were making when I was there. She seems to develope [sic] a good deal of artistic ability. They made a long call which I very much enjoyed. Later Miss Ford called. I found out she was a niece of Ford an artist of Chicago whom Capt. Anderson met at Santa Barbara. I discovered she was doing nothing while waiting to enter the Academy. She said if she had any thing to copy she could paint in her room. I told her I would lend her some of my studies if she wished which seemed to please her. She selected three and I gave her some canvas. I think she has very little money and I doubt if she has colors and brushes but I told her I would let her have some. I think she felt embarrassed but I tried to let her feel I would be glad to assist her. I do feel very sympathetic with women who have to take care of themselves. Called at Frank Weeks'.

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