Jervis McEntee Diaries

Sunday April 5, 1874

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, April 5, 1874, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Sunday, April 5, 1874- We dined at the Wheelers on Friday evening with the Platts, Gifford and George Hall for the first time in many years. Dora has grown into a very pretty young woman whom I did not at first recognize. On Saturday Gifford and I went to hear Proctor on "Other Worlds" while Gertrude went to hear Lohengrin. I began a small picture of Gertrude asleep in a chair. Sent my picture of the boy shaving to the Century but I do not think it was very much liked. I went round the gallery with Eastman Johnson and he passed by it without seeing it. It amused me because I mean to have the fun of making him believe it annoyed me. Painted all day on the little picture as I am sure of not being interrupted but did not succeed very well. The weather is simply dreadful. Thus far I do not remember a single day to woo one out into the country but wind and dust and cold continually. Last night it was as cold as winter. Joe Tomkins was in a few minutes on Thursday on his return to Hillsboro.

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