Jervis McEntee was a landscape painter whose last known address was Rondout, New York. He was a popular member of the Hudson River School. McEntee studied with Frederic Church in New York City in 1850, but he did not dedicate himself to a painting career until 1855 when he was 27 years old. In 1858 he opened his studio in New York City, and in 1859 he made a European tour with Sanford Robinson Gifford. He spent much of his time at Rondout and in the nearby Catskills, often traveling with Worthington Whittredge.
His works were typically small in size, and he often included passages of poetry when exhibiting them. His painting style changed through the years from the traditional Hudson River style to incorporate the techniques of the Impressionists.
He became a member of the National Academy of Design in 1861, where he also exhibited from 1861 until 1890. He also exhibited at the Brooklyn Art Association, the Boston Art Club, the Boston Athenaeum, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
He was a member of the Century Association.
His work has been preserved at the National Gallery or Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Peabody Institute.
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