Jervis McEntee Diaries

Wednesday April 2, 1890

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, April 2, 1890, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Wednesday, Apr 2, 1890 The weather is still cold in the morning. Painted all forenoon on the little head to no avail. Between the reality and my ideal of dear Gertrude I get nothing at all like her. In the afternoon I called on Guy and Casilear. I have been to see no one for a long time and no one comes near me and I have no heart to paint. About 3 o'clock I went up to 43rd St. to the new Century building the front of which is up and is I think very attractive. Then I called on Mrs. Anderson in 41st St. whom I had not seen in a long time and made a long and pleasant call. Then I walked down to 25th St. and called at the Barrington to see Mr. Colman who was out. I went to see the new Madison Square Garden which is approaching completion as to the outside, but I did not go in. From there I came to my room. I feel dispirited and in no mood to paint having no incentive. I do not know how a great mass of the artists live for there seems to be universal stagnation in art matters. Staid at Marys until 9 o'clock and came to my room. I wonder how Sara is getting along up home alone. I know it must be dull and lonely to one so active as she is.

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