Jervis McEntee Diaries

Friday January 8, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, January 8, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Friday, Jan 8, 1886 Last night at dinner I broke off half of one of my double teeth which had been filled. this morning directly after breakfast I went up to consult Dr Browne about it. To my great comfort he said he could make it about as good as it was before. Have painted all day on my picture and greatly improved it, having entirely repainted the sky and distance. Lockwood Deforest called this afternoon and invited me to dine with them next Thursday in company with Benjamin our late minister to Persia. Mr. V[?] of Albany called. The frame for my water color came. It makes the picture look very dark and rich. A little after three I stopped painting, dressed myself and went over home to go with Mary, Marion and Miss Tweedy to a reception by Mrs. Kemble to Madame Modjeska at the Clarendon hotel. I somewhat dreaded it but after I got there I found I knew a great many people and had after all a very good time. I met Mrs. Groote, Mrs. Holden[,] Mrs. Runkle, Mrs. Raymond (nee Miss Cary) Mrs. Austen, Mrs. Stoddard[,] Mrs. Richardson[,] Mrs. B[rowning?], Mrs. Mullen and others and was introduced to a Mrs. Branch from Richmond, Mrs. Frank Millet, Mrs. Williams. I also met Miss Greble Mrs. Weirs niece and her aunt Mrs. Brower. I was presented to Madam Modjeska to whom there was no opportunity, luckily for me to say any thing, as I had nothing to say. She is younger looking than I supposed and a most interesting looking woman. I am very glad I went and shall try to go out oftener. We had our French Class this evening probably for the last time.

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