Jervis McEntee Diaries

Friday November 26, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, November 26, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Friday, Nov 26, 1886 A magnificent morning, the sun shining brightly on trees loaded with ice and the ground covered with snow and frozen sleet. Bowyer got up early and returned to N. Y. by the 6.10 train. We had breakfast at 7 and I drove Downing down to the ferry for the 7.45 H. R. train. At 9 oclock Calvert and I started out for a long walk. We went out towards the Roa-tina, crossed over to the hills above the river, down around towards the Flat-bush road and home by the picturesque swamps and by ways. Every thing was picturesque, clouds and Earth and I made a half dozen hasty notes of pretty places, the last on Hussey Hill and the cemetery from near where I painted my November, many years ago, which was shown in the Royal Academy. Hussey Hill was covered with sleet and ice, with a fine sky above and a rich atmosphere intervening. I think it a fine subject for an important picture and tomorrow mean to make a study. We walked from 9 until 1 and came home healthily tired having passed a delightful day, and kept quiet the rest of the day. Jamie and Marion drove to Kingston in the sleigh this morning after I returned from taking Downing to the train. There is just enough snow to produce beautiful effects with the color showing through every where.

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