Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday April 1, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, April 1, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, Apr 1, 1886 Tried to work a little, on the picture "Telling the Bees" but could not do much. In the Tribune this morning was a notice of a sale of pictures of Brown & Wall of Providence, mostly foreign pictures in which the Art reporter went out of his way to say that the lowest price was realized for one of my pictures. This taken in connection with the fact that the Tribune never notices my pictures in any of the exhibitions, provoked me and I wrote a note to Whitelaw Reid calling attention to the fact and informing him that I believed there was an intention to do me an injury. I did not ask that he would commend my work but I had a right to object when he went out of his way to make what was evidently intended as a damaging statement. I told him I did not even know who his art reporter is, but I have evidently done something to incur his hostility or neglected to do something to conciliate him. I wanted to express my contempt for the whole shoal of newspaper art reporters but I refrained. I went up to Eastman Johnsons after dinner and carried him a bottle of Cherry Bounce. Of course he was not at home so I called on Mr. & Mrs. Junius Henri Browne and had a long and pleasant call.

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