Thursday March 27, 1890
Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, March 27, 1890, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Thursday, Mar 27, 1890 I received a very friendly and interesting letter from Mrs. Horace Fairbanks this morning, evidently greatly pleased that I offered to look over her picture and touch it up if she cared to send it to me. She also, in view of my alluding to the agreeable and satisfactory relations I had with Mr. Fairbanks sent me a memorial of him by his pastor and his associates. He must have been a man of great integrity and simplicity of character and was evidently not only respected but beloved by the people among whom he lived. I have painted the greater part of the day on my water color of the "Swamp in Winter" and I think finished it. Yesterday Broadhead who makes the wooden panels in Ellenville came in. When he saw my water color he spoke of it with admiration and much intelligent feeling. I was rather surprised as it is a subject which I would not have supposed would interest him. He was surprised to find it was a water color. Today Julia Dillon and her friend Mrs. Tower of St. Louis called. She noticed my picture at once and seemed greatly pleased with it. They are the only ones who have seen it. Mary had two tickets for a concert at Chickering Hall sent her and as no one else had to go Downing and I went and enjoyed it greatly. Mrs. Raymond nee Annie Louise Cary sang in a trio, the Mendelssohn [Quartette?] song delightfully, notably "Oft in the Stilly Night". A Miss Lucile Dupre played the violin very nicely and a M'lle Clementine De Vere also sang as I thought with the taste of a real artist.
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