Jervis McEntee Diaries

Friday March 18, 1881

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, March 18, 1881, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Friday, Mar 18, 1881 Rained last night. Found in my box a circular from no one knows whom asking me to write in a testimonial to Bridgman at Saronys and to enclose a dollar. I dont like this way of doing such things and think I will pay no attention to it. Called on Julia Dillon and Mitchell. His pictures were not so good as the one shown at the Century. Painted on my Shokan brook. Mr. Van Derliss called and wants to exchange for a picture for a bill of goods at Adams' which I am ready to do. Went up to the Academy to receive the galleries from the Hanging Committee. Huntington not being there I was appointed chairman and the exhibition was formally handed over to the Council by Wm. Hart the Chairman of the Hanging Committee. The exhibition strikes me as an unusually good one. Many figure subjects. The "new men" do not contribute extensively. Eastman Johnson has a fine vigorous portrait subject two full length seated figures. Wyant a fine landscape. I could only glance at the pictures. My two are well hung. The "Kaatskill River" in the North room on the North Wall and the "Autumn Woods" in the South room as a centre on the N. Wall on the left as you enter from the corridor. It looked well to me, better than the other, but so much smaller than in my room. Marion and I went to Bonnells Museum, a horrid place to me full of hairy men and women, a cat show and Zulus and an air of ineffable commonness, crudeness and cheapness as of Barnums cast off wonders. I met Mr. Bachelder at the door as I went out to go to the Academy and regretted so much that I could not stop and see him but he is coming back next week.

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