Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday November 17, 1873

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, November 17, 1873, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Monday, Nov 17, 1873- Gertrude Maurice and I took a walk last evening out beyond Ludlums woods. Hussey Hill looked so lovely in a soft grey atmosphere and across the snowy landscape that this morning I hurried off after breakfast taking "Pepper" with me and got a pencil note of the lines which struck me yesterday. The effect was difficult but charming. It was quite cold and occasional flurries of snow filled the air, but the thin coating of snow gave accent to certain points in the grey aspect of the landscape and I thought it a charming effect. I hurried home and immediately commenced a sketch of it in color which I finished and which pleases me considerably. Mary and Marian came up today. I received a very nice friendly note from Mr. De Forest in answer to mine of Friday in which he says his sister voluntarily spoke a few days ago of getting a picture of me and that he will speak to her about it. I answered the letter telling him I would sell either of my four paintings "October in the Kaatskills" "November" "Sea from Shore" "A Kaatskill woods" for $1000 and $75 for the frame of either one. The wind is blowing a gale as I go to bed and it is snowing. I enjoy it all, and have thoroughly enjoyed these last few grey days with the first snow. These are picturesque days and full of a quiet sentiment that is congenial to me.

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