Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday March 1, 1888

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, March 1, 1888, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, Mar 1, 1888 My exhibition opened this morning. Sara and Mary went and were pleasantly impressed with the collection. Wood told me the pictures looked remarkably well, even better than in my studio. I went up to the Century to see about having 50 of my catalogues addressed to members and while I was gone Julia Wilkinson called. Sara came in a little after noon. She had never been in this studio before. She was greatly pleased with my exhibition and said there were a number of people there. Julia Wilkinson and Emily called again later on their way up to see my pictures. Emily is a great tall girl, much taller than I am. I had a note from Avery advising me to stir about and use my friends as much depended upon that. I thought it pretty good advice from a worldly point of view, and still he wouldnt let me use him. I could not help thinking he had discovered I have a good many friends. Still his advice is well worth heeding. I went to Bradfords studio by invitation in the evening to see some of his Arctic views thrown up on a screen and listen to his descriptions. The evening was an entertaining one. Eastman Johnson, Dielman and his wife, Howland and his son were there and two or three others. Eastman and I went to the Club. When we had got down to the street he discovered he had left his umbrella and he tried to get the elevator boy to go back after it for ten cents, but he declined and he had to go on without it. We met Ward, Dr. Parker, and Dr. Stimson at the Club. Ward told me the trustees had voted to purchase a picture for the club at my sale, but said it was for a small sum and wanted to know what I would like to have them buy. I named "Autumn fields" and "Eastern Sky at sunset". It was 1 o'clock when I got to bed.

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