Jervis McEntee Diaries

Wednesday May 14, 1890

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, May 14, 1890, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Wednesday, May 14, 1890 I went over to Marys to breakfast as I wrote her. Saw Marion and Sedgwick and Mary but did not see Calvert. It was a rainy morning. I went up to Ortgies Gallery to see the exhibition of the Society of American Artists. As a whole it was harmonious and there were many clever things but they struck me as pictures which might be made much better by more work and carrying them further. Much that was eccentric. We have a new housekeeper a Mrs. Moore who seems an agreeable, tidy woman, but I understand she is discouraged and will probably not stay. I went to the Academy to lunch before the annual meeting which was called at 2. There were 52 members present. All the old officers were elected and two new members of the Council, Eastman Johnson and [blank]. Three Academicians were elected. Wm M. Chase, Will H. Low and Shurtleff, and as associates Tryon and Wiggins. The meeting was very harmonious and good feeling prevailed. I voted for Chase. We had the usual dinner by Pinard. Johnson, Ward, Weir and I had seats together. Louis Lang very quaintly told some incidents of his student life. Miller was voluble and no more. We broke up at ten oclock and it was raining hard. I reached my room in good condition with the aid of three lines of cars. It was very warm and close.

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