Monday January 7, 1889
Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, January 7, 1889, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Monday, Jan 7, 1889 Still rainy and unsettled but clearing towards evening. Have painted all day. At 5 o'clock went to Mrs. Wheelers & Doras reception where I saw only a few people I knew. Miss Brace, Mrs Mattie Brown, Emma Brace, Mrs. Carter and Mrs. S[?] nee Amanda Brewster. I did not stay long. In the evening I attended a reception by Benjamin Constant to the artists at the branch house of Goupil & Co., cor. 5th Av & 31st St. to see his picture for the Salon of 89 "Le jour de funeraille." He had some other interesting pictures and portraits, one of a lady beautifully painted but with too much bosom and smile. He seemed a very agreeable man. Edgar Ward introduced me to him and talked French for me. We had beer and sandwiches in an upper room and Tom Moran proposed his health to which he responded "Aux artistes d'Amerique." The artists were mostly of the new generation but I met Miller, Bricher, P.P. Ryder, Moran and Ward and had a pleasant evening. I wish I could talk French well enough to warrant my making his acquaintance.
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