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Monday, 31 March 1862

Very fine all day.

Endeavored vainly to get my things upstairs early ― but the Cravens began to move at 10, & did not get out till 3 ――― a great bore. ― Then, I, & George, & the Muto, & 2 Ἑβραίοι rushed up & down violently & got every thing in by 5 ― & by 6 I had dressed, & was walking with Decie to the De Veres.

(It was not very bright when we met the Herberts & another lady, whom I, thinking her to be Miss Bolland ― shook warmly by the hand, & lo! it was Lady Inglis, whom I had never seen!)

Dinner & evening pleasant. Mrs. [Dollen] returned from Malta: the Decies & Luard only. We all drove back together ―: the Decies go tomorrow.

Letter from C.F. ― by the Ancona boat, containing one from Lord Clarendon, saying that Woolner should not be overlooked.


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

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Sunday, 30 March 1862

Clearer. ― but a painful scirocco all day[.]

Neither the Ancona boat due yesterday ― nor the Alexandrian are in yet ― 11 A.M. ―

Wrote to F.L. but was upset by noise & bother. ―

At 3 went to Miss Goldsmids, & with her & Mrs. N. to Ἀνάλειψις & Πταμῶ.

I walked back thence.

Dined at Sir C. Sargents ― only Major Peel there. Evening not very unpleasant. ―

Delightful letters from

W. Nevill &
Mrs. Geoff Hornby.


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

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Saturday, 29 March 1862

Scirocco ― & misty ― but finer.

X.  What an incessant nuisance.

Did not go out all day, but penned out the Ἀνάλειψις drawings.

Captn. Balfour, ― & Majr. Buchanan called.

At 4.30 ― a small σεισμὸς ― all the bells rang.

At 7 to Miss Goldsmid’s ― pleasant dinner & evening. She wants pictures of

Corfu
Jerusalem
Amalfi
& Constantinople.

Home by 10.30.

Another Earthquake at [at 2, & again at] 2.30 A.M.: ――― small also. ―

Very depressing oppression day all through [sic].


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

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Friday, 28 March 1862

Very warm ― & cloudy ― scirocco.

Packed. At 10.30, came Sir H.J. Storks & Straham & derniered the pixurs. Afterwards, Miss Julia G. & her maid.

At 2.30 ― to 3.30. 2 Ἑβραίοι[1] came & moved 25 objects ― tables, boxes, &c., upstairs. At 3.40 ― went out.

Walked the long round ― slowly: a dreary [stark] scirocco, & wind, & some rain.

Called to know how the Kokalini were ― all going on well.

At 7 to the Decies; they are packing up ― & we dined roughly in the small room of the Bolland’s, ― but the evening was very pleasant.

As the painters are in all the rooms but the west one, G.’s, & the kitchen, ― I am not over comfortable ― but on Monday hope to be straight.

 


[1] Jews.


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Thursday, 27 March 1862

Fine ― but gray ― An Earthquake at 4.45 A.M. ― not that I felt it ― but then as did, did.

Penned out a very little: notes to Sir H.J. Storks, Decies, & Miss G. ― G. Paramythiotti came: Greece he says, [wuss]; ― Cravens, he wishes to go ― having engaged the rooms to Italian Consul by the 1st ― I go to Mrs. Craven ― & am to get their Landlord’s to let them stay till Monday. Meanwhile I move everything into my bedroom & the passages ― & clear all the rest, barring the picture room. And, at 4 ― go out to Casa Candoni.

There were Mrs. W. ― & her little boy ― Fizzy ――: & Miss Ευφροσύνη Κυρκυμέλλο ― & A.D.C. Straham.

Walked back by 6.30.

Dined at the Palace.

These 3 were young men ― unbeknown to me. ― I vow, dining with Gov[rs]. is not easy: if one is silent ― one is dummy: if talking ― trenching on disastrous freedom. However, the dinner was pleasantish. ―

Talk of the Lushingtons with Sir H.J. who was at school at Hanwell ― with Dr. Morgan ― father of Mrs. F.L. & lo! Mrs. M. was supposed to be Frank’s father’s daughter ― whereby Kate M. is his niece!!!!!!!!!! ―――― I remained

X9[1]

as stolid as possible under this ― yet must have shown interest. Returning ― could not get in ― G. out, but he soon returned. ― Met Bruce today ― a bore.

 


[1] The rest of the passage is written on the previous page, for 26 March.


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Wednesday, 26 March 1862

Fine ― al solito.

X8

Rose at 6.30 ― & resolved to begin a new system ― café at 7. Painted a little at Joánnina, but Gio. Παραμυθιόττι coming, & telling me that he hoped to get this floor ready by the 1st ― induced me to leave off work ― & pack up all my drawings &c.

Dined at 12.30.

At 3 went up & saw Mrs. Maude ― poor good little woman. ―

A curiously weary day, this ―

I walked to Ascension at 3 ― drawing at 2 or 3 places till 6.15 ― then returning slowly & by a round, ― & home by near 8 ― when I had an ommellette ommelette ― & a bottle of beer. But this 12 o’clock dinner arrangement didn’t do.

A wonderful beauty in Ἀνάλειψις.

X


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Tuesday, 25 March 1862

Perfect calm & brightness all day.

Slept. (wh. is something.)

Painted ― at Jánina, ― till 12 ― when ― Mrs. & Miss Ragnanean, good Mrs. Boyd, & their friends came, & later Boyd: they are persons it is a pleasure to shew pictures to.

Not well all day.

At 3.30 ― went to Ascension, & drew till 5.50, or 6. Then, with Capt. Balfour, walked back ― by 6.45.

Ah! The surprising=endless beauty of Ἀνάλειψις!

Upstairs to Cravens. ― Mrs. C. ― & he ― & I. Along of Nurses ― well & good ― & babies, καλὰ.[1] ― But later, when it came to personal scandal, Lady S―― to wit. I blazed up, & said I would not hear it. But we “ended friendly.” ― But what a life of matrimony! ―

O criki! ―

“Let us alone.”

(Col. B.’s opinion of AT. ―

“No poet & a drunkard ―”

Why ― this is worse than Lord Westbury’s! ―)

 


[1] Good (NB).


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