Jervis McEntee Diaries

Tuesday December 12, 1876

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Tuesday, December 12, 1876, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Booth came late but gave me a good sitting. I put him in a different light and changed the whole face and succeeded in pleasing him very much. He thinks it the best expression of his Hamlet he has ever seen. I am not satisfied but he dint[?] want me to touch it. Mary, Calvert & Bowyer dined with me. Had a letter from Gertrude written last night in which she said Uncle Charles was barely alive and they looked momentarily for his death. Mary, Calvert & I went around to Mr & Mrs Fields where we met Mrs. Youmans who told me she had seen Uncle Charles' death in the Post this evening. It shocked me greatly although I had been prepared. I presume I will go up home tomorrow. I promised Booth I would drop in at the theatre to see Iago and I did and went to his room and told him of my Uncles death and that I would probably go home tomorrow. I felt very little like going to the theatre but as I am to paint him in this character and can not see him again I went from a sense of duty.

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