Wednesday, 11 February 1863

Cloudy all day ― & often, a soft rain. calm.

Woderful to relate, it rained ― all night, I think ― but windless.

Slept late ― having read late.

Rose at 8. ―

After breakfast ― finished all the tracings before noon: ― & then began to colour the penned out sketches which I have done since I came back this season ― & so worked on till 5. ― I let the fire out today ― all through the day ― for the first time, & was not cold.

Ἦλθε κανεῖς.[1]

Walked my usual round by Fort Abraham, & some way on the Potamò road, returning [by] the Alipù road, & then across to the S. Decca, whence home by the Spianáta about 6.45.

Very good dinner of minced beef & eggs. ―

Penned out ―― 8 to 10.15 ― Σταυρῶ drawing. ―

There is a lull in Greek ― ― but one can’t do all at once. At present I think of other paintings also. ― How quiet is this house! The exquisite playing of the Consul’s wife below the only variety from silence. ―― G. also is silent & writes. ―


[1] No one came (NB).

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


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