Jervis McEntee Diaries: March 6, 1884

Thursday, Mar 6, 1884 Went immediately after breakfast, by appointment to Mr. Bordens. He was there and is to send my two pictures to me to be varnished. On my return I went in to see the panorama of the siege of Paris by Philoproteanx [sic]. It is admirably painted and interested me very much. I almost felt as though I were looking at a great battle. Have been painting on a little picture of ice drifting in the river at Antonys Nose on the Hudson, a recollection of something I saw from the car window. Mrs. Weeks and Miss Blake called and I had a most pleasant visit from them. Attended Robt. Gordons last artists party. There was the usual attendance. Among the distinguished guests the most distinguished was Matthew Arnold whom I had not seen before and who I had supposed was well on his way to England. He is not a prepossessing man and has a very ugly mouth which he twists about in a very strange manner. I am sorry I dislike so many people. I always meet at such places a number of men whom it is a trial to meet, whom I do not want to talk to and at the same time do not want to pass by. I dont speak to Avery nor Dick Hunt. Ferguson is always saying disagreeable things about me and every other artist. Mr. Stebbins was going to pass me by but I spoke to him and this is what I wish I could always do. I talked a little with Clark who tried to be agreeable and I am glad I did. My dear Gertrude was a perfect example to me in these respects. She had no resentments and could be kind to every one.

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