Friday, 12 August 1864

Rose at 5.15. Sunrise & Morning calm! ― all gold & green & long shadows. ― Penned out Cretan drawings till 7. ― 7.30 ― to 8 ― walked in the grounds: ― the beauty & dryness & warmth being delight to me, tho’ all here are sad & praying for rain! ― Breakfast ― (8) all 4 sons ―: ― pleasant & jovial. ― Afterwards ―talk & music till 10 or 11 ―: looking at Tipping’s drawings, which are really most remarkable ― for number & excellence of quality. Then walked with him to a hill ― Foy’s Hill, ― a lovely view of vast fertility ― & so back home by 1. (Fern ― green ― & wild thyme!) Lunch: (bitter beer & ice!) ― always pleasant. Ἔπειτα ― penned out a small drawing before Tipping ― & at 3.30, with him in 4 wheel dogcart to Chevening & Sir S. Handcocks. Sir Samuel & “Dora” ――: the old Woolley Cabinet! The Waterton Birds! ― the Caricature book! & the birds & feather drawings done by me there in 1828 at Wilton Crescent ――! The “Dora” of 36 years ago ― & the Lady Hancock of this! ……… Then I went to Bessell’s Green, & found Sarah Markham only ― kind heart ― good woman: ― (Edwd. M. is there but ill. Harriett ― out,) The room is full of paintings ― P. Williams many. I ― 2 ― both ill hung ― one done for Mrs. Robert Martineau ― Villa D’Este. Sarah M.  is very much aged: ― but the pines & bright garden made the visit less painful than it might have been. ― Walked back ― at 5 ―  to Brasted ― 6-6.15 ― lovely evening. ― Dinner

1864-08-12

Bed at 11.


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

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