Jervis McEntee Diaries

Sunday November 26, 1876

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, November 26, 1876, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

This morning was dark and it has rained and snowed all day. I did not sleep well and was half conscious of my Booth pictures and worried about failing in them. This morning I got out Richards robe and painted it all over as I had the color too bricky. I was reasonably successful so that when Booth came at 1 oclock he was very much pleased. He sat for me from 1 to 4 and I painted on the face and put in the feet. We talked of Hamlet and I found that he had thought of the very idea that I had. Seated against the tomb with his cap and fur robe on. He proposes that I put in as back ground a November landscape, that there is no reason for a moonlight scene which is only stage tradition and for stage effect. Had my dinner alone and afterwards went up to Taylors. He was at home not occupied, and was delighted to see me. I staid until half past 9 having a nice talk when I came home and wrote to Gertrude.

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