Jervis McEntee Diaries

Wednesday December 12, 1888

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, December 12, 1888, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Wednesday, Dec 12, 1888 Very cold. The wind blew a gale in the night. I went directly after breakfast to settle about Lucys visit to Chicago, and then to the Academy for a rapid glance at the pictures. It seemed a very good collection. I came to my room and drew in Mr. Welles' picture and laid it in which took me until after 4 o'clock when I dressed and went up to Mrs. Eastman Johnsons and Ethels reception, where I was to meet Mary at 5 oclock. The street was full of carriages and after struggling into the hall and seeing the house was crowded to suffocation I was about turning to retreat when I saw Mary struggling to get out. She told me not to try to go in as it was so crowded it would be impossible, so I deposited my card and we came away. How utterly ridiculous all this seems to me and particularly for artistic people. I won't attempt another such a foolish performance. Lucy went up to Rondout by the 4 o'clock train, sorrowful enough at parting with Sedgwick who went over and saw her off. She starts for Fort Bridger on Saturday night. Sedgwick is going to Rondout on Friday and I on Saturday to see Lucy off. I am sorry to lose her but there are reasons why she ought to be there and we do not urge her to stay. I wonder how it will be with us the next time she sees us. There was a regular quarterly meeting of the Academicians tonight to transact important business. There was a quorum. Perry introduced resolution prohibiting the use of glass over oil pictures in all Academy exhibitions which after a little discussion was carried. I came away a little after 9.

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