Jervis McEntee Diaries

Friday February 22, 1878

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Friday, February 22, 1878, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

[newspaper clipping of a letter by Calvert Vaux attached] Calvert and Downing breakfasted with me. Poor Calvert is nearly crazy over this Central Park business. The Park with all the labor he bestowed on it has only been a source of annoyance to him. I advised him to let it drop now and go home and forget it which he said he would do. He does act so strangely when he gets into these moods. I am afraid I was impatient with him. I did not go out for my usual walk as it was raining violently and has rained all day but stretched my canvas, smeared it over with vermillion and cadmium and began painting into it. I worked mostly with the Palette Knife and tonight my canvas is covered and I hope my picture is assured. I dont know what will be said of it, it is so entirely different from any thing I ever did before. I used only White, Jaune brillant, cobalt and madder lake until I came to the foreground when I used a little vermillion and vandyke brown. Had a letter from Gertrude. My father is getting better but does very imprudent things in spite of them.

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