Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday April 21, 1879

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Monday, April 21, 1879, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Left for N.Y. at 7.30 and arrived here at 11. To my studio by St. Louis Express. A beautiful still spring day but I am full of sorrow and a sense of Gertrudes absence which the beautiful day only intensifies. Found a letter from Weir and invitations to the weddings of Inness' daughter and his son. Left home with a feeling that I was going to have a head ache and almost concluded not to come but as soon as I got here I went to work on a study for a picture and worked all afternoon although at times I had to stop and sit down feeling that I could not go on, but I felt so unhappy and lonely that I knew I should be utterly wretched if I did not keep to work and so kept on and succeeded in making a study from which I intend to make a larger picture. About half past four I walked up to Julias studio and staid there half an hour when she and I walked down together. In the evening attended the Council meeting and was put on the dinner committee with Wood and Hall. Wrote to Sade after I got to my rooms.

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