Jervis McEntee Diaries

Sunday May 4, 1890

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

Sunday, May 4, 1890 We have had gentle showers at intervals all day. Julia Dillon came up this forenoon and we invited her and John to dinner. After she went back they sent up word they would come. We had dinner at 3 o'clock with asparagus from our garden and lettuce from our hot bed. Downing has been at work all day on his map. He went home this evening by the 8.25 train. I have a feeling that I ought to be painting something of these lovely spring effects but do not get at it. Each year I have thought I would go to some pleasant, quiet place and make some spring sketches, but each year my duties seem to call me here and now it is so difficult to do any thing which requires any physical effort that I doubt if I will ever do much more painting. It troubles me when I think of it.

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