Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday May 12, 1881

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, May 12, 1881, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, May 12, 1881 Began another portrait of dear Gertrude from an enlarged photograph which Wood had taken but I find it very difficult to do much from it. I wrote a letter to Maurice. Miss Nesmith called with her cousin Mrs. Nesmith a young widow. She was very pretty and piquant. I would like to paint her as she was very picturesque. They staid about an hour and I enjoyed their call very much. In the evening I went up to Stedmans to carry up a piece of Venetian glass which was broken last spring. They were all at home and I had a pleasant call. Stedman is very prosperous and loves to have his friends see his prosperity. Talks about his wine cellar and the demands he has on his charity etc. which is all very pardonable in as good and liberal a fellow as he is.

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