Jervis McEntee Diaries

Wednesday August 14, 1889

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, August 14, 1889, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Wednesday, Aug 14, 1889 Rained most of the night and all forenoon so of course we did not go fishing. Sara and I wish we could buy the homestead and I am making calculations in order to see if it would be wise to do it and sell my place. John McEntee thinks this house might not be considered as of any value and we would rather have it than a new one. If I could see my way clear to sell my place I would buy this at a reasonable price. Down town after dinner and brought home my sketch of the ferry which is not as good as I hoped. I could not see what I was about while painting it. In the evening I walked up to Kingston to attend a meeting of the Committee to whom was finally entrusted the selection of a soldiers monument. I was there until nearly midnight and had to walk back as the cars had stopped. We did not actually settle upon any thing but chose a modification of one of Frederick & Fields designs with bas relief and authorized Genl. Sharpe to ask them to send a representative here to confer with us. There was really little choice among them but I do not think we are going to get a very interesting monument, nor one which I think will be generally liked. I did not like the designs for the bas reliefs. They seem finicky and not large and bold in conception as monumental work should be, but the majority of the committee favored it and that decided it. My idea of a commission to some sculptor stood no chance as quantity rather than quality seemed demanded.

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