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Monday, 24 January 1859

Fine ― but nowadays it ain’t cold. ― Paid early bills, at 9: & went & blew up the infernal muddled old Pizzerani. Called on Clowes. ― Came home & drew till 12, when Mr. Hay came, & at 12½ Mme & Mlle Volkonsky came: Mme [Apporing’s] sister ― very [distinguished] & tranquil. ― Letters from Ann & C.F. The account of poor Mary is very sad. Drew till 4 ― then to P.W. ― with whom walked to P. Nomentana. Cloudy, & a little wet. Dined at home. ― Wrote to Ann & others. ―

[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3.]

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Sunday, 23 January 1859

Still very poorly, & suffering from cold. ― Assuredly ― as one grows older, this winter life might be mended? ―

Sent Giorgio, (in his new clothes) to his church. I wrote ― to Mrs. Uwi[ns], Mr. Crake, & Holman Hunt. At 1 went to Bright’s ― where was Gibbs, & we 3 went over the ferry, to M. Mario ― & down by the Ilex=down, to the P. Molle, & by the river home. I suffered from Asthma & coughed sadly & enjoyed nothing till the upper air of M. Mario relieved me a little: but afterwards I was very poorly again. Returning by 5½ ― I sate a bit with the 2 little Beresford boys ― then dressed, & went to Bright’s. Gibbs & Clowes there. The dinner was really pleasant enough: afterwards, the conversation was less so. ― So I came home at 10½ ― & found the faithful Giorgio waiting.

[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3.]

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Saturday, 22 January 1859

1 Mrs Ogle
2 Miss ――
3 Miss ――
4 Mrs. Hall
5 Mrs. Storey
6 Miss Storey
7 Mrs. Sargent
8 Mrs ――
9 Mr. ――
10 Mr. Perkins
11 Mrs. Perkins
12 Miss Brewer
13 Mrs. Brewer
14 Dr. Henry
15 Mrs. Henry
16 M. Delâtre
17 Mrs. Fetherstonebough.
18 Miss}
19 Mrs}  Americans
20 S.W.C.
21 Gibbs
22 Hibbert
23 Arbuthnot

Woke somewhat better, & drew till 12 after breakfast ― sent letter to J. Hutchinson. All those people came, but I was far too ill to “talk well” ― & could only get through my “lecture” with difficulty. Afterwards I drew again, but growing cold, at 4, walked out, & meeting S.C. & Bright, went round the Borghese: Neither were satisfactory. ― The former most sadly life-wearied & vacant: both gossipping & common: ― perhaps I am too “intolerant.” Gibbs seems to me the most anxiously progressive man I see here. ―

I returned home to dine comfortably at 6. ―

Wrote to Ann afterwards.

[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3.]

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Friday, 21 January 1859

Extremely unwell. Sick. Violent cough. ― Weather fine, warm.

Persisted in drawing at 2 Bethany views. ―

S.W.C. came in twice, & at 2½ , Gibbs, ˆ[with] whoˆ[m] walked with me to Diocletian’s baths, Minerva Medica, & to Maronite Monastery ― But I was very unwell always. Dressed, & went to Macbean’s. Clark only there. Col. & Mrs. Gordon are the parents of that Major G. who married Miss Bolton, a Doctor O’Brien came in late, & then Webb: ― she hath too many dinings for me. ― I got thro’ the evening somehow.

[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3.]

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Thursday, 20 January 1859

Gibbs
Miss Cushman
Miss Stebbings

Colder, rather, again. Chest & cold bad & worse ― went to [Draken].

Chetwode sent 150 sc. Worked as I could, till Gibbs came, ―― ordering a drawing ― & then “2 Κυριάλιοται.” ((Denise Harvey writes: “This has really been a puzzler. The phrase would seem to read “2 Κυριάλίσται”, and indeed seems to refer to the two lady visitors, but there is no such word in Greek. I can only think it must be a Learian invention, his combination of the word κυρία meaning lady, and λισται, the plural for thieves (although he has spelt it wrong — it should have an η after the λ, not a ι. So you could perhaps render it ‘lady-thieves’.”)) ― And I finished 2 drawings of the Dead sea. ― At 3½ ― went out with G. ― who had to leave notes ― & walked round the Borghese ― returning to dine at home at 6½. ―

S.W.C. came in later. Very unwell. ―

Mustard plaster, & hot water

X?

[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3.]

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Wednesday, 19 January 1859

1 Newbolt
2 Newson
3 S.A. Chomes
4 Col. Tipping
5 ―― Tipping
6 Hibbert
7 Chetwode
8 Mrs. Chetwode
9 Miss Chetwode
10 Bramster
11 Mrs. Codenight
12 Miss Vortman
13 Sir John Duckworth
14 Lady Duckworth
15 Lady Mars
16 Sir John Day
17 Lady Day
18 Mrs. Clark
19 Mrs. Turnbull
20 Miss Turnbull
21 Mrs. Elliot
22 Miss Elliot
23 Miss Elliot
24 Major Peacock
25 Mr. Gibbs
26 Mr. Delâtre
27 D. Onorato Caetani

― Weather not so cold, but I, hoarse, & asthmatic & unwell. ―

Worked but little, as all these 27 persons came ― & I had to go through the lectures. ― Afterwards, Gibbs came: & Chetwode sent to purchase the Philæ, for 150 dollars ― the first work I sell here in 1859. Then I walked with Gibbs round the Borghese ― tho’ I was unwell; G. is essentially a good fellow. ― Dressed & to Mr. Woodward’s ― Mr. Hay, H.B. Mathew, & Mr. Church. Good & pleasant dinner. Evening ― Miss Webb, & Gibbs. ― Cold at home bad.

[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3.]

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Tuesday, 18 January 1859

Rising earlier, wrote to J.H.B. ― & sent letters to him & Lady Reid. Weather changed, warmer. ― Drew at Bonham Carter’s Petra, till at 11½ ― Breakfast, 2 nieces & a nephew, & a Col. Dawkins, ― Mr. Stansfield, ― Sir Clark Jervois ― (of Idsworth, ((In 1789 the Idsworth Estate was purchased by the Jervoise Clarke Jervoise family whose descendants lived in Idsworth House until 1974.)) a particularly nice person ―) Mr. Hay, & H.B. Mathew came, & looked over the Palestine drawings. ― Later ― S.W.C. came, ― & I drew till 3½ when he came again, & from 4¼ to 5¼ we walked round the Borghese. Fine, damp-warm evening ― At 6, went to the Chetwodes. Queer, but good little man. Mrs. C. kind & soft good. Miss C. agreeable also. & Mr. ――― also Hibberts, who, talking to Miss C. of Buckinghamshire people ― shocked me by saying Anthony Chester is dead.

He died of Apoplexy 3 weeks ago ― & poor Mary Chester is now truly alone! ―

Perhaps this accounts from that man T. being here.

Poor Anthony Chester! Who is to judge!

It seems but the other day that we were at Norba ((An ancient town not far from Rome.)) & S. Felice!

To day also I had a short letter from W. Nevill.

[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3.]

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