Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday March 5, 1888

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, March 5, 1888, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Monday, Mar 5, 1888 Still cold. There was a long and favorable notice of my collection in the Tribune this morning which ought to do me a great deal of good if such things are worth anything and I presume they are to many people. Still the pictures which these men praise most do not seem to be liked by picture buyers. I went up to the gallery and saw Somerville. He spoke hopefully. I am to make some notes in a catalogue for his use if he needs them. The Herald had rather an ill natured notice of my work. I also received a copy of the Washington Star with a reference to my collection. Mrs. Anderson called to see me and has invited Sara and me to dinner there next Sunday. I wrote Reid a note thanking him for the notice he had given me. Sara, Mary, Downing and I went up to see my collection by gas light as I had not seen it before. It looked very well. It was snowing hard and there were only a few people there. I left them (Sara & Mary) there and went up to Columbia College to an illustrated lecture on the Panama Canal. It was an interesting theme badly presented and was very unsatisfactory. The room was crowded and [?] ventilated, the lecture entirely confined to his notes and the photographs not selected judiciously. The views of the work all seemed to be distant ones whereas one wished for near and detailed ones.

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