Jervis McEntee Diaries

Friday March 17, 1882

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, March 17, 1882, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Friday, Mar 17, 1882 Each succeeding day is an experience of anxiety and despondency. The future is full of terrors and trials and I feel my energy and enthusiasm in my painting gradually wearing out by reason of the lack of interest in what I do. Still I ought to face these things with more courage since I have met them so many times before. Painted on my large picture and got interested in certain changes I made. Bowyer came in and I paid him some more of his capital. In the evening Lucy and I went to see Patience at the Standard Theatre. Afterwards went to the club and Thompson and I talked of our troubles. It seems to me every one grows unhappy as they grow older.

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