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Saturday, 21 February 1863

Perfect wonderful weather ― less cold ― but still cold.

Worked all day ― off & on ― at 3 Swiss paintings ― P. Pelissier ― Mer de Glace ― & Mr. Blane. ―

The house was however ― more or less sottosopra[1] ― sewing of wood &c. ―

Only De Vere called. ―

Did not go out till 6.30 ― when to dine at the Boyds’. ―

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Afterwards ―

Miss Ragnanean. ― The narrow=sad=circular=bitter=Island life=bother breaks out even in so good a woman as Mrs. Boyd.

The only real way to live here or elsewhere, is to make interests, either internal or external, wholly unconnected with the place. ―

Home by 10.30. ―

Letters today from ― J.B. Harford ― good & pleasant. ― from J.B. Edwards ― ἔτζι κ’ ἔτζι ― asking me to ask C.F. for a Governor’s place!! & from Dr. Roberts.

 


[1] Upside down.


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Friday, 20 February 1863

Same amazing Paradise weather ― & not quite so cold.

Rather a happyish bebothery day.

Obliged to have a load of wood ― I burn so much. Lady Woolff did not come.

Worked pretty interval=hard at Cormayeur [sic] ― with its vast buttresses & ice glooms. How exactly these drawings bring back past life! Buchanan came. He & heaps more go to Athens αὔριον.[1]

Did not go out at all: I ain’t been out since Monday.

‘I have not been, & still won’t go.’

Conceived other paintings ― Parga, Philæ, & Gethsemane: ― ἀλλὰ μὰλλον νὰ ἑτοιμασωμεν πρότερον ταῦτα ὁποῦ ἀρχίσαμεν.[2]

Dined ― 7.

Penned out 8.30 to 11.

G. with all his good will ― will not be a good house servant 5 years more: ― what to do towards this τίμιος ἂνθρωπος?[3]


[1] Tomorrow (NB).

[2] But we should rather finish first those we have already started (NB).

[3] Honest man (NB).


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Thursday, 19 February 1863

Same wonderful weather ― but cold.

Rose ― 7.30 ― better but unwell.

At 9. Sir H.J. Storks (& Straham) came. It was a pleasant show the 60 drawings to him ― real interest & intelligence. Moreover he bought 2. ― so 12 out of the 60 are gone.

Wrote to sundry ― asking them to come. The Pigotts wrote later ― disclaiming all idea of purchasing drawings.

Worked at the P. Pelissier piny ponderous perilous painting.

A case came ― by the [Tibor]: containing some frames ― & a ridiculous lot of panels.

Later ― Hoggs of the Engineers.

Did not go out.

Dined at 6.45. ――

Penned out (Virò drawings ―) 8 to 10.30.

G. gone to Kastrades.

Placed many of the smaller drawings in frames.

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Wednesday, 18 February 1863

Wonderfully lovely all day ― but cold.

Ill all night. Took Medicine, & was rather better by 8. Rose at 9.30[.] Cold better.

Worked ― 3rd Day ― Mrs. Rawson’s Philæ ―& later, at the oil Ponte Pelissier view begun last year.

Straham came ― The Lord High is to come tomorrow. At 12.30 ― Mr. Bridgman=Simpson, Miss Labouchère & Miss Ring. At 1. Mr. Baillie & Lady Pigott ― who seem about to have 2 drawings. & at 3 ― Miss Irby & Miss Muir=Mackenzie.

Αρκεῖ.[1]

Could not go out.

Dined on Mutton broth at 6.

Penned out till 9.30. Bed.


[1] Enough (NB).


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Tuesday, 17 February 1863

Very bright & lovely ― but, cold.

L. Rawsons Philæ ―― 2nd day.

Worked pretty well & hard ― but suffering from cold ― wh. grew worse & worse ― & was very bad.

Col. West & Lord Seymour came: the latter seems a very queer cove.

At 4.30 ― I went out ― but was too unwell to go far, & came home, ― & wrote to Buchanan saying I would not come & dine.

Sent G. with the note, & sate in the dark till 7.30. Am now going to have an egg ― & then to bed.

Eyes & nose & head all bad.

horridly ill.

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Monday, 16 February 1863

Gray ― early ― & cold: afterwards brighter, but colder.

(Trieste=Constantinople Steamer only in at 6. P.M.)

Set to work virulently on “Louisa” Rawson’s Philæ ― & worked pretty well all day ――― τοῦλάκιστον[1] till 5.30. ― and then pottered about other drawings till 6.30 ― when dinner ― as G. had to go to the Post before it would be too late.

(At 4. Sir C. Sargent called ― to ask me to walk, but I could not anyhow. ― He is very excited & sublimated=mediocre ― but[)]

Dined ― reading Finlay; & G. came in at 8 ― with one paper ――― no letters. ―

The day has been to me the coldest of this year: & at present is awfully cold. ―

 


[1] At least (NB).


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Sunday, 15 February 1863

Snow on Salvador.

Cold ― fine ― bright. After 2 or 3 ― cloudy.

After breakfast, went out intending to go to church ― but arriving there ― found service already begun ― whereon I came back.

Drew for Mary De Vere ― & other matters till 1 ― when I called on the De Vere’s & lunched there: afterwards on Mrs. Bridgeman Simpson ― whom Straham told me had arrived yesterday, & I resolved to be magnanimous & forget 63 Oxford Terrace. Found her very unwell, but the party seemed agreable. Next I called on Lady Pigott ― whom I saw also: & now I am at home ― 3. P.M. ― “Made up my mind” to call at the Sargents ― & did so ― but they were out. Then I walked ― very bitterly cold! ― to Potamò & round by the flats ― returning by 6.45. ― (G.’s 3rd boy is christened today ― Τεόδορος.)

To the Palace at 7.30.

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Pleasant evening. Sir H.S. is undoubtedly a most amusing man ― as well as good governor.

Awfully cold night. ― Home by 10.30.


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