Saturday, 2 August 1862

Fine ― but not bright.

Rose at 6.30. ― Wrote to Giorgio Cocáli ― & several notes.

Foord’s men came ― & were fixing in the glasses & the Mt. Athos ― till nearly 11. Then came Charles Wynne & his son: & then William Scrivens. ―

Then I was unsettled & wrote Greek ― & at 1 ― came G. Venables. After wh. ― I painted a little on the Thebes Colossi ―. & then slept &


Ο Φόφφη!                                                        Ο ποποι![1]

Later, when painting again on the Colossi, came John Simeon, who is a good man ― if such there be.

We had much talk & fun till 6, when I cabbed (― at 6.30) to W. Nevill’s.

Miss Penny was pretty ― clever ― & a fooly bore. ― O Lord how distracted I was by her singing!

Came away at 10.20. ― Pouring rain! ― fortunately a cab home. ― Tarratt Nevill is a good sort of youth.


[1] Alas! (NB).

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


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One response to “Saturday, 2 August 1862

  1. Peter Byrne

    “a good man” Who exactly is good, who bad and who in between for Lear? He isn’t short of judgments on people in this diary. It would be interesting to speculate on just what his criteria were.

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