Jervis McEntee Diaries

Tuesday April 15, 1884

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, April 15, 1884, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Tuesday, Apr 15, 1884 Rained all day and was so dark I did not paint. Edgar M. Ward called and also Lockwood DeForest who wants to buy one of my studies. He had no time to look them over as I was obliged to leave to attend an Art Union meeting. Dined with the G. B. Club at Purcells. Marbury was there for the first time since his accident. Just as I was going out I got a note from Bram Stoker enclosing tickets for two seats for the Irving performances on Thursday evening. As that is the reception I was obliged to return them to my [?] intimates in my note that it was the [?] on which I had a positive engagement and I [?] them for some other evening. [?] all day on my Batavia Kill picture and have [?] a better condition. Attended a general meeting [?] is hostility and criticism among certain [?] J. W. Patterson gave expression to it. I begin to work [?] any thing to do with it. It is so hard to do anything for the artists in general for as a class they look for some individual profit and have no courage to make small sacrifices for the general welfare.

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