Jervis McEntee Diaries

Wednesday February 12, 1890

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, February 12, 1890, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Wednesday, Feb 12, 1890 Have painted all day on my picture and advanced it very much. I will soon have it in a condition in which it will be a pleasure to paint on it. It is always laborious work for me to get my picture together and tonight I feel exhausted. Have been up to Dr. Patchins who is to send me some exercises to take. I was greatly discouraged at finding my hernia is beginning to show itself again. I shall immediately take exercises to correct it. I have been so weak on that side for so long that I do not wonder that weak part is affected. By Woods invitation I went with him to the inauguration of the Aldine club in Lafayette Place. They had a collection of interesting Ms. and portraits mostly loaned. Among the latter Elliott's portrait of Fletcher Harper a beautifully painted portrait. I remember it well at the time it was painted in 1862. It holds its own and puts to shame most of the modern work by which it was surrounded, notably Dora Wheelers portraits of Aldrich, Warner and Mark Twain and Alexanders Howells.

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