The Jervis McEntee Diaries - February 21, 1878

Diary Entry:

[newspaper excerpts by E. L. Godkin and Owen F. Olmstead attached] Made another little study this forenoon for my picture. I smeared the board with the richest reds and oranges I could make with lake, vermillion and cadmium with my brush dipped in copal varnish and into this I painted and plastered with my palette knife. The result was very rich and harmonious color and I am going to paint my picture from this as the key for color & arrangement. I want to avoid realism and get splendid color with the feeling of morning among mountains and a sense of speed of a rushing railway train. My stretcher came today and this afternoon I went out and got my canvas. Booth stood for me in Richard III. I got on but indifferently but advanced it a little. Calvert and Downing dined with me. Calvert is in a fearful state over this Park discussion. He is completely absorbed in it and all his eccentricities are exaggerated. I advised Downing to get him to go home for a few days. Went up to Eastman Johnsons and spend the evening. Mrs. Coddington called there with a Mrs. Caird a sister of Millais wife. They were coming here but they were very late and Bierstadt had captured them so they were too late to get here. Eastman said the "Encyclopedia" reception was a crush and they only staid a few minutes. I am glad I did not go. It is strange how easily I am elated or depressed. I am fully of my picture now and am happy and impatient to get at it. There will be a reaction when I get it on the canvas particularly if I do not suceed. Wrote to Gertrude. Had a letter from her this morning. My father was better which greatly relieves me. Poor Mrs. Johannes has [?] died on Tuesday I believe. A woman who did her duty.

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