Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday April 7, 1884

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, April 7, 1884, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Monday, Apr 7, 1884 Came down to town by the 7.40 train. The first thing which greeted me was my little picture which Conkey bought for the Elmira Female school, returned. The janitor said he was to see me or write to me. Not a single paper, so far as I have seen has alluded to my pictures in the Academy or mentioned my name as an exhibitor except that the Freeman had an extract from some paper, the name not mentioned, speaking favorably of my "Yellow Woods". The Tribune man never mentioned my name and as for the rest of the scribblers they only know what they call the new men. I feel a sense of discouragement today but it will pass off. Went over to Marys to lunch as I had a letter from Julia to deliver. A great fire was raging in the St. George Apartment house in 17th St. which was destroyed. Went to the Academy not in a pleasant mood. Somehow my picture which is hung in the North room did not look well to me. The exhibition seemed to lack in ideas in the picture. I notice a growth of the pernicious doctrine of "Art for Arts sake" and a stirring for outside qualities, but then I was not feeling happy and that probably colored my estimate of the pictures. Dined at Eastmans with Miss Mullany, Rouse and Mr. Hague a geologist who is going to be in the Yellowstone Park this year as he was last.

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