Jervis McEntee Diaries

Wednesday December 23, 1874

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Wednesday, December 23, 1874, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Wednesday, Dec 23, 1874- It snowed about three inches yesterday and cleared off towards evening. Last night was one of the most beautiful moonlight nights I ever experienced. I went down to the Strand to mail a letter and every common thing was glorified by the passing effects of the storm and the moonlight. I want to try to paint something from it for it was very pictorial. The shadows on the snow from the leafless trees were about as distinctly defined as in sunlight and objects in shadow were full of detail. The sky was a soft grey with a hint of blue with hazy distances and a soft subdued splendor filling the whole landscape. Maurice was very bad and Gertrude sat up with him until one o'clock and finally got him to sleep. Today he is himself again. Jamie and I went for Christmas greens this morning out on the Flat bush road. We took a sleigh but the snow was very thin. I spent the day arranging the tree and getting it ready for tomorrow evening.

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