Jervis McEntee studied art under Frederick Church in NYC from 1850-51 and was a member of the Hudson River School. In 1858 he opened his own studio in NYC. His works are typically small and detailed and would occasionally include passages of poetry when exhibited. His landscapes of rural New York, particularly the Catskill Mountains were painted in colors of autumn and winter with a melancholy mood. However, his style did change a little to include some Impressionistic techniques. McEntee was elected an associate member of the National Academy in 1860 and became a full member the following year. He died in 1891.