Jervis McEntee Diaries

Friday July 30, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, July 30, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Friday, July 30, 1886 We had hard showers last night with incessant thunder and lightning. Today has been damp and close. I have tried to work over in [?] studio, painting on a picture of Gertrude experimentally, but with a [?] full of people and anxieties of all kinds harrying me I am in [?] condition to work. The idea that an artists best work comes out of [?] and worry I do not believe in. I had a postal card from Kurtz [?] saying all my pictures were in except the Autumn from Detroit which they wrote him ten days ago they expected to sell. As [?] have not returned it I am hoping it is sold and probably they [?] not been paid for it which is why they have not written. It would [?] great help to me if it is sold. Andrews and Jamie came home [?] Wilmington this evening, Jamie troubled with a wisdom tooth. [?] apple stealing has begun and now I can fight all the rest of [?] summer. I chased four boys out of the orchard today and got the [?] of one of them which fell of in their flight. I am irritable, cross [?] unhappy, doing every thing I do not want to do.

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