Jervis McEntee Diaries

Tuesday February 15, 1876

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Wednesday, February 15, 1876, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Wednesday Feb. 15- Calvert occupied his room for the first time last night. He dined with me and after dinner we went up to the grand opera house to see Lucille Western in East Lynne. I have heard of her for years, but never happened to see her. Her acting was a curious combination of native power and bad style, but in spite of the bad play and her glaring faults she moved me most powerfully and that is my test of acting, for I am always fortified against the emotional drama and have no natural sympathy with itReceived an invitation from Mrs. Taylor to dine with them tomorrow as Bayard is to be home, having been absent lecturing for five weeks. The Bierstadts reception comes off tomorrow evening but I dont believe Mrs. Taylor intends to go as she told me she had called on Mrs. B. early in the season and she has not been near her.

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