Jervis McEntee Diaries

Friday February 1, 1889

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, February 1, 1889, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Friday, Feb 1, 1889 I have painted a little today and call my picture done now. Whittredge came to see me after I had been to his room. He seems to be interested in my pictures and always has something to say about them. He says he has not sold a picture for a long time and seemed a little worried. I told him I didn't expect to sell any. I got some envelopes printed today with my Mexican address and sent some to Sara. I went up to Eastman Johnsons about 4 o'clock as he seemed to think I neglected him and had a nice talk in his studio. He told me a great deal about his recent California trip. He is painting Dr. Agnew. I staid to dinner. Mrs. Johnson came up to the studio and was very cordial. She took me to her room and showed me her costume in construction for the costume party at the Academy. Ethel is large and fine looking, but struck me as very conscious, wore her dress too low in the neck for a young girl and was what is called "snippy" and apparently only interested in society and dress etc. While her father was telling his interesting experiences in Mexico she was absorbed in the by laws of some "club" and paid not the least attention to him. Still she is young, but not my ideal of a daughter. I have a letter from Sara and one from Mary Gifford. I wrote to Janette today.

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