Jervis McEntee Diaries

Friday January 10, 1890

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, January 10, 1890, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Friday, Jan 10, 1890 Came to my studio and worked on my water color which I have finished. Wood and Rider saw it and Wood particularly seemed to think it very good. Went to Dr Patchins as usual. It has been milder today but this evening is colder. Went to Miss Edwards lecture on the painting of the Egyptians. Although I went fully half an hour before the lecture began I was only able to get a seat on the [?] row of seats near the door. The place was packed and the immense audience showed their great interest by their stuck attention. She is an ideal speaker, enunciating so distinctly that she was easily heard in every part of the hall. She showed on her screen, portraits painted at least 2000 years ago which might have been done today, showing a knowledge of light and shade and modeling and an individuality of character in the heads very astonishing. Came to my room pretty chilly as I sat near a door which was partly open.

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