Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday January 13, 1887

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, January 13, 1887, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, Jan 13, 1887 After walking down to the mail where I got a letter from Mary I went to my studio and worked the most of the day on the portrait of dear Gertrude. It seems to bring me nearer to her to thus try to reproduce my memory of her dear personality. Sara had been down to see Nannie and had found her in a very discouraging state. I am afraid she is in a very precarious condition. I have been thinking of various ways to get money to pay our taxes while I am waiting to get some returns from the little pictures. I finally concluded I would write to Fuller and tell him what I want and say that I would rather sell one of my pictures at a low price than to borrow and if he could let me have four hundred dollars he might take any of the pictures now in my studio and I would make the price to his satisfaction, which I have done and at the same time sent him my card to admit him to my studio, or if he did not want any of the pictures to take one of them until I could refund the money. I also told him of the picture "Funeral of a Veteran" which I have been painting. I dislike awfully to do such things but I have to do what I can. If I hadnt property behind me in borrowing I would give up and never do it. I wrote to Wilmurt ordering a frame for my picture.

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