Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday February 11, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, February 11, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, Feb 11, 1886 Overslept and hurried off to breakfast. It was raining slightly. I forgot my appointment with the dentist this morning. Went up to David Andersons photograph gallery and left the picture of Maurice Susan Hutchins let me have and one of Gertrudes to be copied. He said it would take about two weeks. It rained hard and I got wet. It was so dark I could not paint well today. I began a letter to Mrs. Steele. Whittredge came in and spent some time with me. Meanwhile I had written a note to Booth asking for two seats for "Brutus" tonight and then for "Sir Giles" next week. His man came and brought them. I also asked him if he would care to go to see the Maguire Collection and that I would call for him if he would, but he did not care to go out. So Whittredge and I went in a pouring rain. To our great surprise there was a crowd of people there and to my greater surprise many very fine pictures. The collection of pictures, Silver, glass etc. is immense and sufficient to stock a museum. I met Fuller & Warren there. Whittredge, Warren and I went about together. Whittredge and I are pretty sure to like the same things and I like to look at pictures with him. I spent more than an hour there in the crowd and then came away fagged. I never knew it to rain harder than it did when I left, but I had my Ulster on and caught a Broadway car. Marion and I went in a pouring rain to see Booth in John Howard Paynes tragedy of Brutus which he acted with all his olden fire and fervor. The house was well filled despite the awful weather.

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