Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday May 20, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, May 20, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, May 20, 1886 Went out and bought matting for the sitting room at home and made some other purchases. Calvert came over to my studio after breakfast. He seems worried and troubled but does not say much. Am gradually getting my things packed. Church called. I was surprised to see him as I did not know he had returned from Mexico. He seemed very feeble and infirm and from what he said of Mrs. Church she too seems in a critical condition. She is confined to her bed. What a contrast Church seemed to me today to the brisk, energetic young fellow of twenty two when I first met him. While he was here a dispatch came from Eastman telling me my telegram of yesterday had only just reached him and asking me to come up to dinner. I went over home to tell them I would not be there to dinner and went up to Eastmans at 6. We went up to his studio and he showed me what he was doing. Has got into a bother with Bishop Potters portrait, but has plenty of orders. Rouse came to dinner. He looks old and I think feels so. Arranged with Beard today to send three pictures to the Chicago Exhibition. Wrote a note to Mrs. Custer today asking her if it would be convenient for me to call on her tomorrow evening to make a parting call. Quartley died yesterday. He has left two daughters as I understand with no protection. He seems to have had a series of disasters which has culminated in his death. He and I were not friends, since I served on the hanging committee at the Academy. I thought and still think he was selfish and unreasonable, but that was probably the fault of his early training or rather lack of training. I certainly have great pity with his sorrows and misfortunes.

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