Jervis McEntee Diaries

Friday April 4, 1890

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, April 4, 1890, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Friday, Apr 4, 1890 Good Friday. Rained all day a gentle April rain. Painted nearly all day on the little portrait hoping I can get something which will be characteristic of dear Gertrude, but I do not and am about discouraged with it. Eastman sent me an invitation to dine with him which I did. Mrs. Johnson was not able to be present owing to a headache. Rouse came in. He looks very old and feeble. Eastman and I went up to his studio after dinner. He had a portrait of Genl. Miles just completed which I thought up to his mark and a capital picture of himself painted in one evening, very brilliant, strong in color and excellent in pose. I came away about 11 oclock and when I reached the studio building found I left my keys in my room. I pounded and banged with my cane and finally Conant heard me and came and opened the door. Then I had to awaken the servants to get a pass key to get into my room.

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