Jervis McEntee Diaries

Saturday December 4, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, December 4, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Saturday, Dec 4, 1886 Cold. Went down town and invited John McEntee to dine with us on Sunday and attended to some errands. At work in my studio until 3 o'clock. Painted the moon on the glittering snow I saw last night and a little autumn picture from one of my studies of this fall. I find I can keep comfortable enough to paint in my studio even in this weather with the fire in my Franklin. A fire which we can come close to enables one to bear a much lower temperature than with a stove. We used to test this painting out of doors in the Autumn with a little fire to warm our fingers. After I finished painting I went over and looked at the work done on Chester St. They have left their mark. They did not work today, the ground being too hard frozen. Mrs. Cantine called just as our dinner was served and not knowing it she staid an hour. There was much ice in the creek this morning and at Albany navigation is about suspended. I had a letter from Lucy today as did Sara.

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