Jervis McEntee Diaries

Wednesday March 7, 1888

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, March 7, 1888, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Wednesday, Mar 7, 1888 The sun arose clear this morning and everything seemed favorable for my sale which occurred at 8 oclock in the evening. There was a fine large audience but the bidding was timid and spiritless and the whole 75 pictures realized only $6,375 including frames. I was in a measure prepared for this but still feel humiliated and injured. The only consolation is that I need the money and it is far better than borrowing. My pictures I did not seem able to sell and in my condition the money will make me more comfortable than the pictures. If it had not been for my personal friends I doubt if I could have got bids on all my pictures. Sam Coykendall bought 11 and Fred Norton three or four. John Forsyth and his wife and Miss Isabella Forsyth came down to the sale and bought. The Century Club also bought a picture. Today in the gallery I noticed an interesting lady in black, whose face seemed familiar to me, looking very intently at my pictures. I thought her face familiar but concluded I did not know her.

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