Jervis McEntee Diaries

Saturday December 7, 1889

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, December 7, 1889, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Saturday, Dec 7, 1889 To the dentists, a final visit. Stopped at Rocks and ordered a suit of clothes. Went in to Tiffanys and bought a bronze bell of [R?] work for $8 for a Xmas present for Sara. Mr. Palmer went with me up to the bronze floor and also to the china department where I saw beautiful things. I also looked at some of their costly gems a diamond necklace for $16,000 an onyx and diamond brooch for 9,600 etc. etc. Have painted most of the day. My picture is improved but still strikes me as "tight" and not free in execution. Attended the monthly meeting of the Century, to which I sent the little study I made in our garden last summer. At 11 oclock I went with Bispham up to the Players and saw Booth. He looked old and worn to me and was a little deaf. He had played twice today which may have accounted somewhat for his appearance but after all I think he is changed, as we all are by the years. We sat down together and had a little supper with Bispham, Col. Rush Hawkins, Dr. Ruppanan and Eastman Johnson who came a little later. I was glad to see him again for I think I have not seen him for a year. Johnson and I went back to the club about 12 and I soon went to my room.

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