Jervis McEntee Diaries

Wednesday May 5, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, May 5, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Wednesday, May 5, 1886 Came to my room prepared to go at my little picture. Met Fitch in the street who came to my studio with me and staid some time. When he left I went to work but had hardly got started when Emma Brace came. They are all going abroad on the 18th. After she went Mr. Douglas Adams an English artist called with a letter from Alice. He impressed me as a pleasant, agreeable man. While he was here Mr. Bachelder came and made a long call, Mr. Douglass going before he did. I was very glad to see Mr. Bachelder as I failed to see him in Boston. It was noon before I got to work again. My picture is not what I wish it was. I have attempted to paint a little picture 12x20 from the sketch I gave Mary Christmas trying to preserve the same freedom of touch but I have not succeeded. It is so difficult to get the qualities of a sketch dashed off in a few minutes. I went and called at Warrens this evening. Found Mrs. Warren painting some dogwood and apple blossoms. I know I interrupted her but I staid only a short time and this is her evening. I came away too late to go any where else and walked down to my room feeling a little lonely. I was thinking how entirely unable I am to do the little things I would like to. For instance I would like to ask this English artist Mr. Adams who came here today to come up to Rondout but I am out of money and could do nothing for him. It is all sorts of disadvantage and misery not to have a little money. Wm. Jay Smith the art man of the Minneapolis Exposition called on me today and wants me to send three pictures there for their exhibition. He seemed a little crude but still he made a favorable impression upon me by a certain directness and frankness and I shall let him have the pictures. He had been to the Academy and had seen all my pictures and marked them. They are an enterprising people out there and I mean to see what can be done. This is their first exhibition and they are building a fine substantial building and making a great effort to have an attractive exhibition. I dont know what the Art department will be, mixed I presume, but I cant afford to neglect these chances and I shall send.

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