Jervis McEntee Diaries

Saturday February 5, 1887

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, February 5, 1887, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Saturday, Feb 5, 1887 Calvert came over this morning and I showed him my two pictures and also the little pictures many of which he had not seen. After he left I set my palette and went to work upon an old picture I began a year ago and used only the palette knife putting in a sky I had partly painted last year. I made a promising start and hope to get something good out of it. Went up to Dr. Taylors as usual. It has not thawed much today. After dinner I went in with Marion to call on Mrs Custer and had a very pleasant call. Met Rossiter Johnson there. Marion wanted Mrs. Custer to go to the theatre with her on Tuesday but she was going to Philadelphia. Went around to the club to the monthly meeting and had a very satisfactory evening. Weir was there and I saw Holt and congratulated him. Winslow Homer had a very excellent picture, it called the "Undertow" some men rescuing a young woman bathing who was being carried out into the sea--very vigorous and a fine composition and an altogether manly work. My little picture looked very well and I think from what I heard it excited some interest. I met a number of my acquaintances and am glad I remained over.

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