Jervis McEntee Diaries

Friday August 27, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, August 27, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Friday, Aug 27, 1886 Did not go to bed until midnight last night waiting for Jamie who was out and took the key of the back door but failed to lock the door. I awoke about 3 o'clock from the blowing of some atrocious whistle which sounds loud and long about that time every day, and could not get to sleep again. Unutterable anguish racked me, a feeling of despair and deep dejection from which I have hardly rallied today. Still after breakfast I went over to my studio and determined to get to work if possible. I worked at my twilight picture and I think helped it. Lucy, Mary and Andrews went over and saw it and were greatly pleased with it and later Calvert also thought it excellent. Now I mean to try to get interested in my work and let other things go for by that I stand or fall. I must not lose my interest in my painting. It is very dry and today has been hot, depressing weather to me.

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