Monday, 6 April 1863

Edward Lear. View of the town and harbour, Gaois, Paxos, 1863. Related to Plate 18 of Views in the Seven Ionian Islands.

Edward Lear. View of the town and harbour, Gaios, Paxos, 1863. Related to Plate 18 of Views in the Seven Ionian Islands.

Slept perfectly well. M. called me at 5. Grand red sky & dark olives.

Coffee, & out before 6. Sun rose, 5.50. Drew the port, by the seaside. Great naked slabs of rock. Twisted olives. Asphodels & lambs. Asphodels also by the edge of the sea wall. Mountains of Albania clear & fine, but lines not so good as from Corfû. Quiet & few people. Drew till 9.30. Then decided to go to the upper view & draw it. But it was awful work to find the spot of yesterday, & I had to get over some 40 walls to reach any good place.

“Hard work for those” ―― However , at last, I got a place on a wall, & drew till noon, & then descended again, ― walking slowly back by 1. P.M. Found that the kind Murray had expected me back to breakfast, & had waited. At 1.45. dinner ― immensely nice, Ithaca wine=cup ― of which, φαινεταί με[1] ― I drank too much. However, I was all right by 5, & walked with M. to the other side of the Island. (the air is delightful here.) where is a grand rocky bay scene. The immense dryness & stoniness of this place is one of its characteristics; & the vast veil of the olive-foliage in which one moves: the villages not being discernible till one reaches them, ― being groups of houses from 3 to 10 in number, low, & overhung by the veil of olives ― their long straggling web-like branches forming an universal Network on all sides. People amiable & quiet. Home by 7. Sate talking till 9. Bed.

Why is the sea of Algiers like goatskins? ―

Because it is full of coarse-hairs.


[1] I think (NB).


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

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