Jervis McEntee Diaries

Sunday November 24, 1872

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, November 24, 1872, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Sunday, Nov. 24. 1872- Friday Fitch invited Gifford and my wife and I to go and see Miss Neilson in Juliet at Booth's Theatre. Gifford invited us to dine in his room. It had rained all day but cleared off in the evening. Miss Neilson struck me as a good actress but by no means a genius. She was best in the quiet parts but was not good in the emotional passages. My picture is back from London and in my studio again and looks as well as ever to me. I have been repainting my "October in the Kaatskills" and have made as I think a fine picture of it. I repainted the landscape which I found made a different sky necessary and I succeeded in painting a very nice toned grey sky. Unfortunately the canvas was cracked by rolling it up to send it to me and the cracks show in the sky. It wouldn't trouble me but the purchaser might object to it. Eastman Johnson came in for a moment on Friday evening having just got back to town from Nantucket. Gertrude and I went up to his house last evening and saw all his studies and pictures. He has been very industrious and has done many good things. Rouse was there, just returned from a short trip to Paris. He called on me one day last week. I took a walk down to the Battery today and wrote a letter afterwards to Maurice and a note to Mr. G. M. North congratulating him on the safety of his son David who was supposed to have been lost on the Missouri.

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