Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday January 26, 1882

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, January 26, 1882, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, Jan 26, 1882 Thompson called with his young ladies, his cousins. He was a little hilarious. A funny call from two men, one in some way connected with art interests (very remotely) at Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Wanted to buy a picture for some one there. Wanted the artist to send out five or six pictures to let the person choose from and would not guarantee to take anything. The price for the picture to be $200!! I told them politely they had better go to some of the young men, but they seemed to have had no encouragement thus far and concluded to give up the undertaking. Went to the private view of the Water Color exhibition. They occupy all the galleries of the Academy and have decorated them very nicely with things borrowed of Van Tine and the Japanese Trading co. A wilderness of water colors and a wilderness of artists I never saw before. I should say a great many clever pictures and a great many attempts to look like some one else. I noticed with regret that Witt had a picture looking more like Boldini than Witt. Why will artists try to flourish on other peoples capital?

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