Jervis McEntee Diaries

Tuesday April 28, 1874

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, April 28, 1874, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, April 28, 1874- Went to hear Lohengrin last night. A ticket for a reserved seat cost four dollars. I had a very good seat in the middle of the parquette and as there were a number of unoccupied seats about me I could not have been better placed. The music is delightful and I took great pleasure in studying Nilssons face which is a very picturesque and paintable one. All the love scenes between her and Campanini were very delicate and refined. The awkwardness of the chorus and supernumeraries is a great drawback to the enjoyment of a play. It was positively painful to see some of those women walk up to the front of the stage. So awkward so conscious. The opera was very long, commencing at 7 1/2 and lasting until 11. Today it has rained again all day and I have not been out of my room. The Brooklyn Art Association gave their reception last night and this morning there was a notice in the Tribune speaking of my pictures among others. Have painted on a study for a picture a snowing effect. Mr. Noble came in and while he was here Joe Tubby came. Joe was rather disappointed at having his picture rejected at the Academy and had been there to get it. Gifford dined with us.

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