Jervis McEntee, while being a fairly obscure artist himself, was part of the circle of friends of several of the well-known landscapists of the Hudson River School and his work is considered to be within that genre, as well.
McEntee had his first exhibition at the National Academy of Design in 1850. McEntee had a unique take on the landscape style of the Hudson River School in that he focused on painting autumnal scenes, was fond of a heavy, somewhat sorrowful mood which he described as communicating the restful and peaceful elements of nature.
Though he was a skilled painter, it is the journals of Jervis McEntee that are regarded as his most significant contribution to the American art world. He was something of a chronicler of the Hudson River School. These journals are now part of the Archives of American Art. Selected volumes of the journal are available in digital format at the Smithsonian Institution's site.
McEntee's journals describe his personal journey as an artist, both in terms of his work and his financial situation. His close relationships with many of the most prominent artists of the Hudson River School gave him a unique insight, preserved in his writings.