Jervis McEntee Diaries

Saturday November 25, 1876

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Saturday, November 25, 1876, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

[newspaper clipping attached, "The American Department Debased. A Protest from the Committee of Selection--Rejected Pictures Admitted by Mr. Sartain".] Calvert and I went to the unveiling of the Webster Statue at the Central Park but the crowd was so great that I could not get near and I walked back to my studio. Painted a little on my picture. Miss Vanderlyn called to see me yesterday but I could not give her much encouragement. This evening I went to see Booth in Hamlet and occupied his box alone most the time. Went to his dressing room after the third act. He is to sit to me tomorrow. I had such a delightful, hopeful letter from Gertrude just before I left for the theatre. It is astonishing how I miss her and how entirely dependent I am upon her society. I cannot accustom my self to being here alone and count the days until I go up home again where I would be only too glad to remain all winter.

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