Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday April 10, 1884

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, April 10, 1884, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, Apr 10, 1884 Went up to the Academy this morning and as I supposed there was no card on my picture and of course it is not sold. Have had a headache all day. Sent for a half bottle of champagne at noon and stopped it. Mr. Mendelson and Fany called. My champagne was visible and I explained my dissipation. My headache passed entirely away before dinner. Bowyer and I went to see Irving and Miss Terry in "Much Ado about nothing" We had dollar seats in the parquette very far back near the door, too far away, but I was extremely interested. Irving made a distinct and most interesting creation of Benedick and acted it with great charm despite his striking peculiarities. Miss Terry is a most vivacious, interesting and picturesque woman and very graceful. Many of her sparkling and charming moments recalled the grace and charm of my dear Gertrude, but I would like to have seen her a little less conscious. Still it was a beautiful and finished production in every particular and gave me genuine pleasure and satisfaction. Bowyer and I went around to the club a little while after the play.

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