Jervis McEntee Diaries

Wednesday April 6, 1887

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, April 6, 1887, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Wednesday, Apr 6, 1887 I had a letter from Booth yesterday from San Francisco. An application from a man in Michigan for one of the $50 pictures in answer to our advertisement in the Century, but he wants to select it. Bowyer answered the letter. I hear of pictures being sold on all hands, a great many in the Academy, but none of mine and I feel troubled about it. I understood that Vedder sold $10,000 worth of his pictures in Boston. I dont even get paid for the one I sold to the Buffalo Academy. Bowyer and I dressed in our dress suits and went to call upon Mrs. Donaldson, but they were both out. I went around to the club and met several of the artists, Hubbard, Ward, Perry, Linton, Homer. We talked of the Academy and of Satterlee whose picture was rejected. They made him an associate and now will not exhibit his pictures. It is all wrong. The members of the Academy are easily admitted and then are at the caprice of all sorts of ignorance and thoughtlessness on the part of the committees, just because there are no fixed rules as to the rights of members. But I found he got no sympathy. No one does, no matter how he is treated.

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