Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday December 29, 1879

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Monday, December 29, 1879, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Went over to my studio, built a fire and tried to paint a little Winter Moonlight, a scene from here during these brilliant winter nights, but I was too unhappy to work. My studio and my dear little house made me sad and I could not control myself. I came home and Sara tried to comfort me, but I had to pass through an agony of tears before I could compose myself. What does it all mean and am I thus to suffer always. I hope it is but a passing cloud of depression and that there are physical reasons for it.

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