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Creator:
McEntee, Jervis, 1828-1891  Search this
Subject:
Donoho, J. R., Mrs  Search this
Derrenbacher, John  Search this
DeForest, H. G.  Search this
Johnson, Eastman  Search this
Cropsey, Jasper Francis  Search this
Hicks, Thomas  Search this
Hart, William McDougal  Search this
Gray, Henry Peters  Search this
Gifford, Sanford Robinson  Search this
Casilear, John William  Search this
Butler, Benjamin F.  Search this
Boughton, George Henry  Search this
Vaux, Calvert  Search this
Booth, Edwin  Search this
Church, Isabel  Search this
Church, Frederic Edwin  Search this
Chapin, E. H. (Edwin Hubbell)  Search this
Palmer, Erastus Dow  Search this
Meeks, Louisa B.  Search this
McEntee, James S.  Search this
Shumway, Henry Colton  Search this
Stoddard, Richard Henry  Search this
Sawyer, C. M.  Search this
Husted, James W.  Search this
Inness, George  Search this
Hubbard, Richard William  Search this
Huntington, Daniel  Search this
Kensett, John Frederick  Search this
Lang, Louis  Search this
Jourmans, E. L., Mrs  Search this
Wickes, E. T.  Search this
Whittredge, Worthington  Search this
Zarnnhus, E. L.  Search this
Youmans, Kate  Search this
Stribling, C. K.  Search this
Stone, William O. (William Oliver)  Search this
Thompson, Launt  Search this
Sykes, Charles W.  Search this
Von Glumer, Francisca  Search this
Weir, John F. (John Ferguson)  Search this
Ward, John Quincy Adams  Search this
Baker, George Augustus  Search this
Anthony, A. V. S. (Andrew Varick Stout)  Search this
Boardman, Andrew  Search this
Bellows, Henry W. (Henry Whitney)  Search this
National Academy of Design (U.S.)  Search this
Century Association (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Type:
Diaries
Sketches
Place:
Lake George (N.Y.) -- Pictorial works
Lake Champlain (N.Y.) -- Pictorial works
Adirondack Mountains (N.Y.)
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
1.6 Linear feet
Arrangement:
The Jervis McEntee papers have been arranged into five series, based on material type. Series 1: Letters, 1850-1905, undated (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet) Series 2: Vaux Family Letters and Correspondence, 1850-1890, undated (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet) Series 3: Third Party Letters, 1861-1873, undated (Box 2; 0.1 linear feet) Series 4: Miscellany, 1796, 1848-1895, undated (Box 2; 0.1 linear feet) Series 5: Diaries, 1872-1890 (Box 3-4; 0.6 linear feet)
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires and appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Summary:
The papers of Hudson River School painter Jervis McEntee measure 1.6 linear feet and date from 1796 and 1848 to 1905. Letters from close friends and family members to McEntee include many from his mentor Frederic Edwin Church, and fellow artists Samuel Putnam Avery, George Henry Boughton, Sanford Gifford, Richard Henry, Eastman Johnson, Elizabeth B. Stoddard, John Ferguson Weir, Worthington Whittredge, and others. Papers relating to the McEntee family include obituaries, a family genealogy, and letters from and regarding family members. There are also papers relating to the Vaux family (McEntee's brother-in-law's family) and American architect and landscape artist Calvert Vaux, who designed a studio for McEntee. Of special significance are five volumes of diaries dating from 1872 through 1890 which provide a detailed depiction of the American art world in the 1870s and 1880s.
Citation:
Jervis McEntee papers, 1796. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Letters, family papers, and five volumes of diaries of Jervis McEntee in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2007, 2017, and 2018, and are available on the Archives' website. Transcripts of the entries are available at https://www.aaa.si.edu/collection-features/jervis-mcentee-diaries.
Material lent for microfilming is available on 35mm microfilm reel D9 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Use Note:
The Jervis McEntee papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds material lent for microfilming (reel D9) including a diary dated June 12, 1851-August 17, 1851. This material was returned to the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, New York and is not described in the collection container inventory.
Biography Note:
Jervis McEntee was born in Rondout, New York, July 14, 1828. He had early literary and artistic aspirations and studied under Frederic E. Church, who had himself studied under the Hudson River School master, Thomas Cole. McEntee was to maintain a close relationship with Church for the rest of his life. After an unsuccessful stint as a businessman, McEntee settled in New York in 1857 as one of the charter residents of Richard Morris Hunt's Tenth Street Studio Building. Since many of the other occupants were either bachelors or commuters, and since Mrs. McEntee was a lively, sympathetic hostess, the couple became the center of a spontaneous salon frequented by some of the best-known artists, writers, and actors of the time. After his wife died in 1878, McEntee stayed on, an increasingly neglected widower until his death in 1891.
Provenance:
The Adirondack Museum lent one diary for microfilming in 1964. The rest of the collection was acquired from several donors between 1959 and 1997. The noted collector Charles E. Feinberg donated letters in 1959 and, Mrs. Helen S. McEntee, who married the nephew of Jervis McEntee, donated the five volumes of diaries in 1964. William Gaffken, director of the insurance company that acquired the McEntee family insurance business, donated the remaining papers in 1997.
Digitization Note:
Letters, family papers, and five volumes of diaries of Jervis McEntee in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2007, 2017, and 2018, and are available on the Archives' website. Transcripts of the diary entries are available at https://www.aaa.si.edu/collection-features/jervis-mcentee-diaries.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Artists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Landscape painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Hudson River school of landscape painting  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art, Modern -- 19th century -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Artists' studios  Search this
Bull Run (Va.), 1st Battle, 1861  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7251
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209401
AAA_collcode_mcenjerv
Theme:
Diaries
Art Movements and Schools
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209401