Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday March 6, 1890

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, March 6, 1890, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, Mar 6, 1890 Snowing and hailing this morning and cold. Just as I came to my studio I met Beard coming to see me. He is in a dreadful state--has had notice that unless he pays a considerable sum he must leave the building. He tells me he owes in rent of his studio and interest more than $5,000. He wants me to see John Taylor Johnston in his behalf. He promises to pay his rent in advance hereafter and says they have security for what he owes in his pictures etc. He has fortunately just sold a picture for $700. I told him if he paid his years rent in advance they would not turn him out. I told him I would go and see Rob. De Forest and use whatever influence I had with him, that as John Taylor Johnston was so feeble there would be no use in seeing him. I am very sorry for him for he is getting old and his future looks very dreary. Have been in my room all day and repainted one of my pictures which never pleased me. I dined at Lockwood de Forest's and Nicoll was there also. His house is very fine with Indian carvings, tiles, etc. but I am afraid I would not like it to live in. However it is undoubtedly more cheerful in the daytime. It was not well lighted and a little too cold for comfort, but this has been a very cold day. When I returned to my room I wrote to Rob. De Forest for an interview with him on Saturday morning in behalf of Beard. I had a note from Mary Gifford with an invitation from Mrs. Van Ingen to dine there next Tuesday and so I will not go there tomorrow as I intended to.

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