Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday September 2, 1889

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, September 2, 1889, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Monday, Sept 2, 1889 Today has been a holiday, Labor day. I went down town after breakfast. Business seemed to be going on but I believe it was more generally suspended this afternoon. I saw John McEntee who was to leave this morning to take Julia Dillon to the Normal School at Oswego and then he was to go up into the woods of Canada fishing with Lilys husband. I received a humorous note from Harry regarding John Calverts birth day anniversary. When I got back home I went over to my outside studio and got my tent out of the trunk in which Marion returned it to me last year, looked over my camp paraphernalia and fancied myself getting ready for the woods. The air is thick with smoke and it has been pretty warm. I have been pretty quiet this afternoon, looking over my fishing tackle and reading. Julia Dillon took tea with us, and I walked down home with her. She lent me the Sept. Harper with a profusely illustrated article on American Art at the Paris Exposition. The thoroughly French inspiration of it was most palpable. Nothing that does not seem of French methods of thought and execution can possibly be distinguished, whereas to me some of the things he lauds seem to me poor and empty and were surface work, witness the [?] illustration the blonde [?], and the vulgar portrait by Beckwith.

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