Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday April 22, 1875

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Tuesday, April 22, 1875, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Am getting on successfully with my picture in spite of many interruptions. I have it in the safe condition now all things in their places and nothing to do now but refine and carry it as far as I can in quality and execution. Am painting with more freedom and breadth, avoid oil and paint solidly with little or no glazing or scumbling. The Artists Mutual Aid Society met in Whittredges room this afternoon to take action in regard to contributing to Hays' widow. We decided to have the contributions all sent in by December 1. Took some steps for some changes in the organization of the Society. Nine members out of sixteen were present. Called this evening on Mr. Tryon at Mr. Kemps in 5th Avenue, to see a picture Yewell painted for Mr. Kemp of the Senate Chamber in the Ducal Palace. It is a very nice picture and I regret that by its having been exhibited in Schaus's window it was ineligible for the Academy. Mr. Kemp showed a very commendable spirit in wishing to exhibit it to the best possible advantage for the good it would do Yewell. I had a very pleasant call. From there went to Eastman Johnsons but they were out. Came home and wrote to Gertrude.

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