Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday June 7, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, June 7, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Monday, June 7, 1886 Went over to my studio after breakfast and spent the forenoon painting on my picture. I am in great doubt whether I will make any thing out of it. I wanted fullness and richness of color but latterly my pictures lack that. What a comfort it would be if I could get absorbed in my work. After dinner I trimmed all the lamps which had got out of order and then took my father for a drive. We went to the Roa-tina where I cut some twigs to make trellis over the graves in the cemetery for the morning-glories to run over. I drove to the cemetery my father going with me and arranged the trellis on Maurices, Janes and grand mothers graves. The south wind blew with a melancholy sound and the little flag placed at the head of Maurices grave on Decoration day flapped forlornly in the wind. I came away with a very sad feeling and at tea time my father remarked that it was very sad over at the cemetery.

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