Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday February 27, 1890

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, February 27, 1890, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, Feb 27, 1890 My autumn picture is done and I have no enthusiasm with which to begin another. I literally see no one interested in my work. I expect to have the frame for my picture today or tomorrow and intend to send it to the monthly meeting of the Century on Saturday. Colman came to see me and made a long call. He has an exhibition of his work up at Averys. He says he has sold only two and those to friends. He has not had a commission for fifteen years. He thinks he made a mistake in going to Newport to settle. He thinks people think he has made money enough to retire. I told him I had sold nothing and we had an interesting conversation as to what will sell. He says W.T. Richards makes a large income and he heard Henry has three commissions of $1200 or $1500 each. I told him he and I had gone out of fashion. He spoke in praise of my winter picture in the Water Color Exhibition and said he wanted to buy it but felt too poor. I was glad to see him for it is many years since I have talked with him and the last time we were somewhat antagonistic. Shortly after he left Sara came in and we had a little lunch. I had some crackers and some nice dough nuts and I boiled some little herrings on the stove. There was a meeting of the Academicians to decide upon a dinner at the opening of the Exhibition at $10 a head. I authorized Wood to say I would favor it. I dressed in my dress suit and went over to dinner, as Mary and I were to go see Mrs. Kimball this evening. We started out about half past 8 but by the time we reached Union Square it began to rain and we turned back and after leaving her home I came to my room.

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