Jervis McEntee Diaries: April 1, 1877

All day at the Academy - varnishing day. Many Artists there, many of whom I never saw before. The more I study the Exhibition the more I am struck with the folly of the hanging committee and their utter indifference to the rights of Academicians. There was a general feeling of indignation among the Artists, even among those whose pictures are well hung. Now it is a question with me whether to enter upon a new crusade for the rights of Academicians and to burden myself with endless worry and labor or to submit and let events take their course. Eastman was here at my studio last night and we discussed what we should do but came to no conclusion. At the Century we discussed the Academy again with Ward, Johnson & others. Ward admitted that the Council had better hang the pictures which is what I have always contended for.

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