Jervis McEntee Diaries

Sunday January 11, 1874

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Sunday, January 11, 1874, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Sunday, Jan 11, 1874- Painted all day yesterday under unfavorable conditions of light but mostly in arranging accessories in my picture. Took a brisk walk towards evening. Saw a lot of boys breaking up the ice in a little pond. One fellow was up to his middle in water. As I passed a pit where OReilly had been exploring for cement there was a sudden explosion at my very feet and out popped two boys who had been firing at a mark. They did not see me and the incident was very comical. I painted today because the light was favorable and I am anxious to get this picture along so that I can go to New York. I have got a very good head, nice thoughtful face and dont mean to do much more to it. John McEntee and I took a long walk over to the Roatina which had more water in it than I ever saw before. It was pretty muddy but a brisk north west wind blew and we had a charming walk. In the evening I went with my mother to hear Mr. Ledyards farewell sermon.

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