Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday December 20, 1880

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, December 20, 1880, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Monday, Dec 20, 1880 A dark cold day. Have felt very badly all day. [?] have sat in front of the fire the most of the time. Went to Mrs. Henrys Reception to Ernest Parton and his wife which I enjoyed notwithstanding I felt so badly. She is a bouncing English girl. There were no one there except Artists and their wives. Bridgeman and his wife were there to whom I was introduced. He seemed a modest pleasant man. He spoke in praise of my pictures. His wife did not seem quite so genial although I had a pleasant talk with her. Mrs. Arthur Parton struck me as an interesting woman. There were several artists there whom I did not know. They had their reception in Churchs room and had the supper in Henrys studio. It was very pleasant to meet the artists and their wives and it reminded me of the early days here. I thought of dear Gertrude and how she would have enjoyed this occasion and how she would have graced it and what a charm she used to lend to all the social gatherings here. Eastman and his wife came to my room for a while before going home.

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