Thursday, 1 September 1864

Very lovely fine all day.

Rose at 6 ― & arranged many dozen of drawings for mounting.

Letters from Mrs. Boyd. Mrs. H.J. Hunt, & Sarah, later from Mrs. Bergmann.

Rushed into skies. ―

Janina,
Sir W. James’s Campagna,
& Villa Gordianorum ―

On which last, I painted, off & on, till 7. ―

S.W. Clowes came ― it is always a pleasure to see him.

At 7.30 ― to 61. Eaton Place

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Always pleasant.

Angry ― at a “Manifesto” by Dr. Pusey. ―

Home by 11.30.


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Wednesday, 31 August 1864

Rain & cloud till 2 or 3 ― then sun & clear.

Very pleasant letter from Lucy Francillon. ― one from Ellen also ― Henry is ill & breaking.

from Gussie Bethell also & others.

Worked all day ― at Sir W.J.’s Campagna, 3rd day ― & rather better.

Sir H.J. Storks came: he goes to Malta, & on the 14th Oct. if not earlier. Strahan & Baring go as A.D.C.’s & John Peel as Milry Secry.

Dined at home ― not going out at all. ―


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Tuesday, 30 August 1864

X12. ―

Very fine day.

Ill & sad all day.

Worked at the new Villa Gordianorum[1] ― placing it on canvass. 1st day.

F.L. came at & staid to 6.30.

Did not go out.

Penned out[.]


[1] Villa Gordiani, in Rome, takes its name from the imperial family of the III century AD, whose residence was supposed to have been there.


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Monday, 29 August 1864

Rose at 6.45 ― arranged for painting &c. ― till 8.

Nice letter from Taylor ― very. He encloses Beale’s bill ― & his own ― & a cheque for 6£ over & above his own account paid. The 7 cases were shipped by the “Crimœan” ― 18th or 20th. ― Would I had left all my things there! ―― Letter also from Gussie Bethell, asking me there on Saturday; & from F.L. ― whose wife is not so well.

Worked ― mainly ― all day ― tho’ not always successfully ― at the Campagna of Sir S. James (2nd day.)

At 5. went out, to various places ― Robersons, Lee’s ― &c. &c.

Dined μοναχῶς at 8 ― penned out old Campagna drawings afterwards ― & now bed at 11.


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Sunday, 28 August 1864

Cloudy ― cold ― dry ― gleamy. Medicine.

Wrote lots all the morning ― to G. Cocali, Mrs. Francillon, Clark (W.G.) & others. Then I drew in & ruled all the Acqueducts & the Tower in Sir W. James’s Campagna ― after which I suddenly commenced 6 of the 3rd size next year Watercolored drawings ― & actually outlined all 6. ― At 5 then, I went to call on Sir H.J. Storks ― but he was not in. Yet Cecil Lane was ― by a lucky chance, calling there also. (Giorgio ― Constantino’s brother opened the door ― for Sir H.J. has brought the Palace servants here: “being a kind-hearted man.”) So, C. Lane walked with me all to Brompton, & kindly waited for me which I went in at 1, Trafalgar Square. Poor Fanny Coomber really did break the knee tendon yesterday, & is in bed for 4 or 6 weeks ― if ˇ[even] the lameness is not for always. I saw Fanny Catt (Willett, ― & Marion Morse: how odd![)] C. Lane walked back with me to Assley House, & then I cabbed home. At 7.30 ― taking “Parrots” & “Knowsley Menagerie” I went to 61. Eaton Square where also I dined this day last year. ―

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Always delightful[.]

Cabman, who went wrong, said, “Please Sir excuse me, I am a beginner.” Home by 11.30.


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Saturday, 27 August 1864

Rose at 5.30. ― Arranged for painting, & various matters ― (sticking pins into canvass &c. &c. &c. &c. ―) which took me to 8. ―― No letters.

Began Sir W. James’s Campagna outline. At 1. came Mrs. Coombe. (I had asked her & her ) 3 daughter & Walter to lunch ― because I could not go there by day ― & she had written, “Yes.” ― But, in coming here, she had hurt her knee very badly ― & could hardly walk at all. Laura Coombe came later, ― & later Walter Coombe, who seems to be by far the best son poor Fanny has. ―

She was calm & quiet ― when still: ― & we 4 had Lunch very pleasantly ― Fanny Catt=Willett & Marion Morse not being able to come; & then we got Mrs. C. down stairs & into a cab.

I worked on till 5, when Cecil Lane came, & at 6, when I was ready to go out, F.L. So we 3, the Giudice,[1] A.D.C. & Artist of 1856 ― walked merrily moonily back to F.L.’s house: & C. Lane & I back to Stratford Place, ― where we parted.

Dined μοναχῶς.

Eh but I think I shall return gradually to Greece.


[1] Judge.


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Friday, 26 August 1864

Fine, but cold. Sad, & depressed. ―

Rose at 6. They are new=fronting the house (No. 10) opposite so the noise wakes me. There was “also” sunbeams. (One has not been badly off for sun this year.)

Painted all day at the Janina ― not very well ―but not very badly. At 6 ― came Mrs. Douglas Galton & Mrs. Cameron Galton.

Hem.

Dined alone at 7.30.

& wrote a bit afterwards.

But it is now, 10.30, ― ὰς εἶναι καιρός νὰ πηγαίνω εἰς τὸ κρεββάτι μου.[1]


[1] It’s time for me to go to bed (NB).


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