Jervis McEntee Diaries

Friday February 10, 1882

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, February 10, 1882, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Friday, Feb 10, 1882 Painted my Humboldt Valley over. It does not please me. A call from two well dressed ladies, one of them a Mrs. Hubbard. Wanted to buy a picture. Their chief demand was that it should look "Frenchy". I advised them to get a French picture, but if they wanted an American landscape, not to get one that looked like a French one. I dont think they knew what they did want. I was polite but knew my pictures would not come up to the conditions. Went to hear Millet lecture on antique costumes at the Academy. Very instructive and interesting. The lecture room was filled. Mary went to Rondout today for a visit.

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