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Friday, 31 July 1863

Same lovely weather: cooler.

Rose as usual ― & penned ―: & after breakfat ― penned & arranged drawings till 2.30, when I went to the Station, & to Twickenham at 3.15 ― Strawberry Hill by 4. No one there. Walked about the Garden ― & thought no end. Came the 2 Clermonts, & later Hon. J. Cole ― whom I met in Ireland in 1837. What a curiosity of combinations. Shewing the Farm, Dairy, house &c. &c. took up till 7.15.

Dinner ―

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The Evening passed really pleasantly. I sang also a good bit. Afterwards, C.F. came to my room & sate ― till 12 ― (The Telegram has gone out to Corfû ― the Parliament to be dissolved. The “Ionian Judges” case thickens. ―)

What strange recollections here! ―― How silly is all life!


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Thursday, 30 July 1863

Fine ever. Rose at 5.30 ― penned till 8 ― Salvador drawings ― which, & colouring a lot of the 1856 Ἀγιρῦ tour, occupied me till 5 ― when I went out.

Called on Mrs. Middleton ― out.

To the Crakes ― where they wished me to stay to dine ― Mary Ann & Mrs. Crake only. ―

Their trial is indeed sad & long. Poor Mr. Crake grows feebler, & I am glad to know ― sleeps more, so that I hope the end of this long misery approaches. Nevertheless their care is always unabated.

Mrs. C. spoke of their former life, & much else, ― a singular woman. ― (I never knew before that she had 3 other daughters.)

Played ― or talked ― & sate till 10. Cab home. ―


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Wednesday, 29 July 1863

Very lovely fine all day ― ἀλλὰ ― τί μὲ κάμει;[1]

Πρέπει νὰ μένω εἰς ταύτην τὴν φυλακὴν.[2]

Worked all day at the Effects for the Ionian 20 views.

At 6.30 went to Winsor & Newton’s, & paid a bill ― buying other paper &c &c. How absurdly necessary it is to keep getting materials for future work!

By 7.30. came to Blue Posts ― ὁποῦ ἐγευμάτισα, ἳσως ὑπερβόλικως ― δηλαδὴ δὲν ἧτο ἁνάγκη νὰ τρώγη τις ― ἡ νὰ πίῃ ― τόσα πράγματα.[3]

Ἐπέστρεψε ‘ς τὸ σπήτι κατὰ τὰς ὁγδώ ὣρας.[4] It is odd how I have dropped Greek since I came back: i.e. ― not odd ― (for goodness knows there are reasons enough,) ― but observable.

I am inclining to think I shall only stay out Septbr. here ― & then cut.

After today I have half resolved not even to go to Strawberry H. on Friday: ― but poor dear C.F. would be vexed if I didn’t.

Wrote a lot of journal notes.

 


[1] But ― what good is it to me? (NB).

[2] I must stay in this prison (NB).

[3] Where I dined, a bit too much perhaps ― i.e. one didn’t need to eat ― or drink ― so much (NB).

[4] I returned to the house around eight o’clock (NB).


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Tuesday, 28 July 1863

Fine always. Rose at 6. ― or 5.30 ― & penned till 8.

All day went in making “effects” for the possible 20=plate Work on the Ionian Islands.

Bob Martineau came: ― & at 5 ― Mrs. Alfred Tennyson, & the 2 boys: dear little chaps. AT is still very unwell.

Walked to Digby Wyatt’s. Found Mrs. D.W. at home, & sate with her till 7.30 when D. came

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Evening absolutely delightful.

Home by 11.


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Monday, 27 July 1863

(I am quite sick of bother, said the Lady of Shalott.)

Rose at 5.30. ―

Penned, till 8. ―

Letters from Ellis Ashton, J. Hutchinson, Capt. Roberts & Ellen.

Worked at the new 20 set sketches of the 7 Islands ― (rough designs for the Ionian work,) more or less till 3. But Lawson came, & much time went with him: a kindly good fellow: he has been in Norway. ― Then Hon. F. Lygon, whose name brings back Hastings & Syracuse ― 1852!! ― Ahi!

Then ― Bonham Carter ― sad memories also, & more so.

At 3.45. cab to Lincoln’s Inn Fields, & got some intelligence from Day & Co. about Lithographic processes. ― Bought a Facsimile of Turners Liber Studiorum.[1] ―Walked to Wyatt ― leaving the book there, & going on to Winsor & Newton: ― returning slowly by 6 to Wyatt’s. Then I sate with Constance & Mrs. Wyatt till nearly 7.

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Dinner & Evening ― always pleasant ― as always there.

Home by 11. & found all the rest of Tarrant’s mounted drawings. ―

 


[1] This must be a collection of photographic reproductions from Turner’s Liber Studiorum. According to Ruth Pitman, Edward Lear’s Tennyson, p. 19, Lear owned two copies of the work, one in mezzotint and one in autotype, the latter, Turner’s Liber Studiorum. Reproduced in Facsimile by the Autotype Process, was published only 1871. See “Liber Studiorum: Drawings and Related Works c. 1806-24” on Tate’s website.

On Day & Co. see British Museum page.


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Sunday, 26 July 1863

Rose at 6. Better night.

A busy day ― as times go.

Penry Williams breakfasted with me ― a pleasant morning. Sketches ― talk. &c. Went at 12.45.

Called on Lady Clermont ― (Lord C. out,) sate some time: perceived that Strawberry H. matters are vetoed: ― coming out met Lord C. perceived the same. ― Walked to Cave’s, by 1.40 ― & lunched most agreably with him & Mrs. Cave.

Called on Mr. Hodgson ― out: ― crossed the Park ― (very fine day,) & called at Lord Westbury’s ― all away. Then on Mrs. Crake ― poor old Lady: Mr. C. slowly weakens. And lastly on Mr. Morier ― (who will be 80 on January 8 / 64.) Wonderful old Gentleman! ― Walked home by 5.30.

Wrote & drew till 7.

7.45. to Adml. Robinson’s. The Butler cross because I was a few minutes late. Butlers terrify me. Only Mrs. Kynaston there.

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Conversation always here amusing & cheering.

Afterwards shewed a folio of 20 drawings ― very pleasantly.

Home by 11.15.

X


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Saturday, 25 July 1863

Rose at 8. ! ! ! ―

Miserable work.

Penned till 10 ― & then began a chalk & charcoal drawing of Παλαιοκαστρίτζα ― but did no good.

The younger Maclean called.

And Stephen Cave, whom it was a pleasure to see.

Thought I would make small designs for all the 20. Ionian plates ― but beginning one, it was time to go out at 4.

Went to see Church’s Icebergs ― the picture does not seem to me so good as the Andes,[1] but it is very wonderful.

Bought a prayer-book 13/― for Minnie E. Morse, & cab 1/6. to Fanny Coombe.

Mr. Morse is evidently a gentlemanly & an amiable man.

Dinner ―

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Evening quiet, yet less sadly dull than sometimes.

Cab home by 10.30. 1/6

 


[1] Probably Frederic Edwin Church’s The Heart of the Andes (1859).


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Friday, 24 July 1863

Life goes on badly so ―――― downward.

Fine all day ― gray.

Pull up in God’s name ―.

Μὴ χάσης τὰ μυαλά.[1]

Rose ― alas! little before 8. ― All day ― yet very interruptedly ― penned out Ithaca sketches.

C. Fortescue came ― &
S.W. Clowes. ― (how strange that such happiness should come twice to a man ― to so many never al all!)

At 6.30. to St. John’s Lodge. ― what a lovely place ― & how “beautiful within!”

Walked in garden, Lady Goldsmid not being in. ― Saw the St. Dionysius “degraded” ― & Lee’s picture in its place. But I can’t say I grieved much thereat. Came, Augustus Goldsmid ― not too agreable.

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Queer man, Augustus Goldsmid. ― Lady G. ever pleasant & good. Sir F. came in late. Miss Jekyll later.

Cab home by 11.

X

 


[1] Don’t lose your mind (NB).


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Thursday, 23 July 1863

Fine again all day. ― Rose at 6.30.

Worked a little Immediately after breakfast ― cabbed to Roberson’s, & ordered this new paper & charcoal. Went to see the “Icebergs”[1] ― but it was shut.

Home, & after an hour, gave up the chalk drawing, & took the Ithaca sketches ― penning out.

Lunch. X Slept.

At 5. came the kind Prescotts ― & to my surprise, took away the only three 12 guinea drawings remaining ― viz ― Corfu from Καστράδες, Ἰωάννινα, & Τετράνησι. ― At 6 ― went again to see the “Icebergs” ― shut up ――. & called on Williams ― where was Gibson, (& Spence.) Gibson had just returned from Osborne: ― he says Q. Victoria is but little altered ― considering all she has suffered. She spoke of various matters of art in the room ― & of me. “The Prince Consort placed it there, & there it shall always remain.” ― She also showed him a small pamphlet ― “on which I have to pronounce,” (i.e. the Commission of the R.A. report). “& I see your name flourishing in it ―” (with a little laugh.) ― But said G. I answered ― “These things were done which I was in Rome, & I was entirely ignorant of the whole, & so can give your M. no opinion.” ― Very Gibsonian. Walked home. At 7.45. went to Mr. Dunn-Gardner. Beautiful house & odd to me, as next down to Foords & T. Hamiltons. Finely furnished.

“He will come back for it I know.”[2]

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Dinner most excellent. Wines super ditto. ―

Conversation pleasant. Evening altogether thoroughly a pleasure.

X

Cab home by 11.30.

 


[1] Frederic Edwin Church’s The Icebergs (1861), now at the Dallas Museum of Art, Texas. See “List of Works by Frederic Edwin Church.”

[2] This appears to have been added in a different pen; it is not clear whether it refers to something Mr. O’Reilly said, or to something else in the entry.


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Wednesday, 22 July 1863

Cloudy ― but finer later.

Rose at 6.30. Losing ground ― ever worse.

Coloured penned sketches till 1 or 2 ― & finished all the last of the Sta. Maura drawings. ―

Then made a beginning of experiments on the “to be photographed.” ― in Conti chalk; but not successfully.

No one came all day till 6 ― when Lowes Dickenson called ― & being a friend of Campbell’s I shewed him lots of sketches.

Went to Lady Farquhar’s at 7.45 ― she had asked me to dine this morning ― always kindly: so ― I wrote ― yes.

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Horridly bored afterterwards. One of the 2 Farquhars is Attache at Athens!

Coming home, found a letter & “poem” from Emma Arnold. Go out of town I will.


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