Jervis McEntee Diaries

Friday February 14, 1890

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, February 14, 1890, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Friday, Feb 14, 1890 The first nights sale of David Johnson's pictures occurred last night. 57 pictures brought about $9,000, more than double Whittredge's prices. It only shows how little real merit has to do with it. Johnson has been somewhat burned by certain dealers on his imitations of Rousseau. Whittredge paints Whittredge pictures. Have painted on my picture all day. Wood came up to see it and was greatly pleased with it and surprised I had accomplished so much. It began to rain in the middle of the afternoon and rained very hard for a time, the beginnings it seems of a N. E. storm. I have thought a great deal for the two or three days past of dear Gertrude and with an intense longing for her. I think as I grow older and life loses many of its interests I shall miss her more and more. Her altogether lovely character is a theme always dear to me, so that I think of her now as something sacred beyond the things of earth. I dined very pleasantly at Fred Nortons with [?] Boarman Johnston and her two daughters Mary and Margaret and Carroll Norton. The rain ceased before I went. I dreamed of dear Gertrude. We seemed to be coming home from some foreign country, on a ship, with a number of friends not one of whom I can remember but she seemed perfectly familiar and as though we had never been separated. Always when I dream of her it is only for a brief moment in our lives which has [?] no interruption.

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