Friday, 23 September 1864

We rise at 6.30. We prepare colors, & painting & answer some notes. Breakfast. Letter from Sarah ― a good woman thro’ a long & trying life.

Worked at the Jánina ― improvingly ― tho’ it never seems to come nearer finish.

Dickenson came ― about the Betterhanger frame, & the blinds are being put up ― & we are altogether altogethery. Later ― Sir H.J. Storks came: one may talk now of his going to Malta.

Went out at 6 to buy a Lamp ― for £3.10.

Dined at home μοναχῶς.

The Piano is a comfort.


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Thursday, 22 September 1864

Rose at 7. (Rain at night)

Indigestion.

Tarrant sent home the last of the Crete drawings ― mounted on 126. mounts in all.

F. Lushington & “Zillah” came. (he asked me to be proxy for G.S. Venables ― as Godfather to his boy: tho’ I could nto do.) Z. is very pretty & sweet looking.

Painted a good bit, & certainly greatly improved the Jánina, ― tho’ even now, it seems scarcely any nearer to “finish.” ―

Went out at 5 ― calling on Wade-Browne, & on Mrs. Hankey ―: & looking out for a Moderator Lamp. See by papers ― that there are riots in Turin, which cuts & grieves me dreadfully.

Read Babbage’s “Passages &c.”[1] ― a curious book ― but not altogether satisfactory.

Met Mr. Prince in Oxford St. ― a good little man. Afterwards ― met poor W. Nevill ― & walked about with him up & down: ― a sad & unhinged affair. ― concerning his sending Hugh to see R. Smedley ――― the man who took out a writ against W.N. before any one!!!!! ― Billy’s ideas of right & wrong are queer indeed ― but he has much to suffer, & that is very sad. ― Percy Coombe came & dined with me. The Thomson Hunkeys & Edgar Drummonds both asked me. ― Evening very tolerable.

1864-09-22

(XX7)


[1] Charles Babbage’s Passages from the Life of a Philosopher. London: Longman, Green, Longaman, Roberts, & Green, 1864.


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Wednesday, 21 September 1864

Fine all day ―

Certainly ― 3 more beautiful months never were.

Rose at 6. Wrote to Sarah ― Ellen ― & others: ― later, having sent T. Cooper to Drummond’s for 20£ ― forwarded £15. Thereof to Mrs. F. Street.

Painted pretty hard at the Jánina from 9.30 ― to 3.30.

At 4. Called at the Slingsby Bethell’s, & Thomas Hankeys ― out ― both.

Then to 37. Tavistock Place: but having eaten “crust” for lunch, was not what I might have been quâ health.

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Afterwards sung & played ― passed the evening very happily. Ἐπερπάτησα ‘ς τὴν οἰκίαν κατὰ τὰς ἓνδεκα.[1]

(X6)


[1] Walked home around eleven o’clock (NB).


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Tuesday, 20 September 1864

Fine.

Arranged more drawings for mounting ― & then shaved the Jánina ― for a last trial for completion.

Worked at it, & wrote a journal=description of it till 4. Then, across the Park to Fanny Coombe’s, where I dined.

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Came away at 9. & Percy walked to Hyde P. Corner with me.

Bed by 10.


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Monday, 19 September 1864

Pleasant fine morning. Walk in Park.

Breakfast at 9. At 10.30 ― T.F. walked thro’ the Park with me. His is a kindly nature; I dropped 2 of Daddy’s letters, given me to post ― wo is me! ― but happily they were picked up & posted.[1] ―

Rail 11.10. & to Victoria by 1.46. Stratford Place by 2.15.

Wrote many notes & letters ― & dined at 3.30. Afterwards wrote about Piano, & had my hair cut.

Then walked across the Park to F.L. whom I saw. & home by 7.

Some supper & bed by 10.


[1] There is a note from Lear to William Holman Hunt explaining what happened.


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Sunday, 18 September 1864

Very lovely day. Up by 6.30. Walk in that most beautiful Park ― 8 to 9. Breakfast. To church in break at 11 ― & back. ― Sitting with Daddy. His picture is very beautiful so far. Lunch. Afterwards, T.F. ― Gordon & I ― walked to Bignor. The Howkins’s house ― no one there ― long long years ago!!!! ― yet how well I remember all. Back by Sutton ― very pleasant walk ― by 5 or 6. & more walking with Daddy (lame,) & T.F. Dinner as yesterday ― only Mrs. T.F. was sill & left the table. Bed 11.30.


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Saturday, 17 September 1864

Rose at 7. Fine.

A letter from T. Fairbairn ― they are going off to Rome, & ask me there ˇ[for] tomorrow: all things duly weighed I resolve to go. ―

So I painted a good bit of Sir W. James’s picture, & afterwards of the Jánina somewhat ―― but even now I really half despair of that picture.

Then I wrote to Gussie, Ellen, Mrs. Wyatt ― & F.L.

At 4 ― went to Victoria Station, & at 4.55 ― off ― at Petworth by 6.50. Fairbairns Brougham waiting. Restive horse ― so, walked partly. All very kind & pleasant[.]

1864-09-17

Daddy has hurt his leg badly. Evening very cheery & pleasant.

Bed at 11.30[.]


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