Jervis McEntee Diaries

Tuesday March 14, 1882

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, March 14, 1882, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Tuesday, Mar 14, 1882 Painted all day on my twilight but it is not good and I feel dejected and anxious. Went to the dinner of the G. B. Club at Purcells. There were two new members Mr. Brahm and Mr. Joseph Harper. The dinner was excellent but in the present condition of my finances I could have been content with a much simpler one. After dinner Johnson, Mr. Harper and I went round to the club to see the portraits of Washington and his wife painted by Sharpless from life in 1794 which are owned in England and have been brought over here by Major Waters. He was at the club and Thompson introduced him to us. He has had autotypes made of them and his object is to sell them as the pictures are not for sale. We sat at the supper table and talked with him until after midnight. He is an enthusiastic man but evidently dont like this country. The furnace heat in the houses he thinks abominable and I agree with him. He gave me a set of autotypes and Johnson also.

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