Jervis McEntee Diaries

Saturday May 1, 1886

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

Saturday, May 1, 1886 Northeast wind and raw and cold. The papers this morning speak of Booths excellent rendering of Hamlet last night at the Academy with Salvini as the ghost. I have not seen Booth but Winter in the Tribune has a word for those people who are always ready to pounce upon any short-coming in public men. Had a long and pleasant visit from Mrs. Lewis and her father, Mr. Mendelson. Mrs. Lewis likes my pictures and I was in hopes she would buy a small one but she did not. I sent my "Christmas Eve" to the club. When I went there this evening Champney called me aside and said "we hung it" I inquired "why shouldn't you?" He replied it had been there before. I told him I thought he was mistaken, that I kept a record of my pictures and where they were exhibited and asked him if his committee did not keep a record of the pictures sent there. He said they did and that this was there by another name "Winter". I answered it had never had any other name, and while I would not be positive, I felt very sure it had never been there, and I said even if it had I should have been very angry if you had not hung it, for I am not ready to admit a picture may not be seen twice and besides I have seen pictures at the club which have been there before. This annoyed me and I think Champney lacked tact in speaking to me about it. The next thing to rile me up was this. There was an awful portrait of President Barnard there by Tuttle. I sat down by Rood and he began pitching into it most violently. I spoke my mind about it and told him how several of us were invited to meet Tuttle several years ago at dinner by Quincy Ward etc. and his subsequently coming to my room with a frightful picture. I looked behind me and there sat Tuttle hearing every word we said. Booth came in looking nicely in his dress suit and was very cordial with me. Salvini came later and Booth introduced me to him although I could not say a word. Prof. Bella spoke for me however.

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