Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday June 4, 1874

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, June 4, 1874, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, June 4, 1874- Wrote to Mr. Secor that I would meet him at his office Monday 16th at 2 oclock if convenient for him. Have just finished Leslies Handbook for Young Painters. What a genuine artist he was and with what delicacy and refinement he presents his broad and liberal ideas. I found him advancing many ideas with which I coincide. For instance he recommends the student to paint from the start and believes that a great artist will be interested in all branches of the art. I am most eager to be at work and more particularly on figures. I commenced a little figure today for which Gertrude sat. I have an idea of a picture of a lady playing on the piano and a younger one listening in a thoughtful attitude. I think I shall be able to get models by and bye. Occasionally people tell me of some one who would be pretty to paint. I hope to do a great deal in figures this summer. Wrote a long letter to Gussie this evening. Wrote to Gussie.

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