Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday November 11, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, November 11, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, Nov 11, 1886 I went over to my studio and painted two small sketches this forenoon and began a third one which I finished after dinner. While I was at work a telegram arrived from Bowyer saying he had received my letter and would come up tonight. When I came over to dinner I looked in the parlor and saw a gentleman sitting there. I approached him and said I am Mr. McEntee. He smiled and said "So am I" and was obliged to tell me he was Charlie McEntee before I knew him. He looked younger and more elegant than I expected. I was very glad to see him and he gave us an account of a rich widow he was been to see at Amsterdam but who does not quite fill the bill. Bowyer came this evening with the 7.10 train and he and I have talked over my project of the small sketches. He is to act as the advertiser and is to take the advertisement I wrote and put it in shape. I am to go to N. Y. and settle on a style of frame and he is to have a little wood cut made of one of them with the picture in it to go with the advertisement in the Century. We are too late for the Dec. No. The rates for advertising are astounding, from $250 to $600 per page for one insertion. Bowyer has to return tomorrow by the 6 o'clock train. John McEntee came up and spent the evening but Bowyer and I had to retire to my room to talk over our business. He thinks it a most promising scheme and so do I but still I am prepared for disappointment.

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