Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday January 30, 1882

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, January 30, 1882, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Monday, Jan 30, 1882 Painted until 2 o'clock when Calvert and Whittredge and I went up the Union League Club to see the pictures by famous modern European artists. There was a great crowd of ladies and it was difficult to see the pictures. There were three fine Muncaszys which interested me very much. Their art is richer and fuller in technique than ours. No better in inspiration and intention, but has always the look of being "better paid." Went to the Council where I heard that Dr. Bellows had died at 11 o'clock this forenoon. No man in New York will be more missed and I can hardly realize that he is gone. It was only at the Annual meeting of the Century that I last saw him where he spoke earnestly in opposition to removing the club up town and thus, as he thought, inevitably changing its character. He made one significant remark, significant because I never before heard him admit that he was growing old. He said "to us who have but a little while to stay here it matters little," but he was zealous to transmit the club unchanged in its aims and character to the coming generation. After the Council I went to Fred Norton's to attend a meeting of the "Larks" and had a most pleasant meeting with the young people. Emma Brace was there and so strongly reminded me of dear Gertrude as she was at her age. She wore her mother's wedding dress and most of the Larks were in quaint costumes.

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