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Sunday, 20 November 1864

Very lovely quiet bright morning. Walked a bit before breakfast on the promenade: ― reading Homer. ― Now the “spirit of the East” ― ancient & modern ― fades from me ― being here at the western vulgar limit: ― but query, does that make more or less happiness? Breakfast ― & no post, reason unknown. ― Wrote to Mrs. Clive, Mrs. G. Scrivens, W.H. Hunt, & T.G. Baring. At 1 ― called on the Deakins, & lunched with them & Mr. Lyon ― a kindly pleasant senior. At 3, went to Church ― a dreadful bore, Sermon on Woman in Samaria ― a new subject, 40 minutes long: ― irritation. Coming out ― various Reillys seized me, & I went with them to see their mother: heaps of people there, wholly a bore. Called on Mrs. Smith Barry ― out. Home, & at 5.30 to table d’hôte at Mediteranee ― Mrs. Saltmarshe unwell: queer set of English. Sate next a little man, who turned out to be Greek.

Came home by 7.30. Wrote a little ― & bed early: ― διότι,[1] ― I have no good lamps ― & can’t work.


[1] Because.


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Saturday, 19 November 1864

Rain all night ― but day bright & lovely all through.

Little I see of the front & blue sea ― as I work at the back, but however I come to look at it it is certainly very delightful.

Rose at 7 ― & worked from 7.45 to 8.30.

Breakfast.

At 9.30, worked again, 2nd process ― till 3.30. ―

At 4 walked to Lady Duncan’s, & sate with her & poor Anna ― both unwell: ―

Home by 6 ― & dined. I cannot well pen out, as I have no table, nor lamps.

I began fires yesterday ― in the evening: but do not want them by day yet.

Heard George read: he has improved a good deal.

8th day of 240 Tyrants.
Got through 16 2nd process ― in all, 56[.]


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Friday, 18 November 1864

A deep-red bright Sunrise ― soon clouding, cloudy, & gleamy all the early part of the day ― cloudier after 12 ― & rain at 4 ― pouring rain from 5: ― at 9 ― there seems less.

Woke ― “indigestible.” X

Yet worked hard at the drawings till 4.30.

Letters from
Cecil Lane in an Envellope [sic] of T. Cooper’s
Daddy Hunt ――
Phillipps of the 6th

All these bringing back many memories.

From 5 ― my hours were sad, till I instituted a fire.

Dinner at 6.15 & afterwards, penned out till 9.15.

G. staved off reading ― & went to bed.

Ditto his master at 9.30.

―――――

7th day od 240 Tyrants
Got through 17 of 2nd process ― 40 in all.


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Thursday, 17 November 1864

Perfectly bright & beautiful, but colder.

Rose before 7, & worked an hour nearly before breakfast. The Daily Telegraph ― having missed yesterday, Wednesday representing Sunday here, quâ posting, ― comes again.

At 3 I was so cold & miserable, I gave it up, & walked out, (meeting Dr. Deakin & Mr. Lyon ― whom I should not have known.[)] ―

A long walk to Villa Franca ―: pretty nook of town & harbour. ― Walked back by 6.15.

Dinner, ― always very nice. Afterwards, penned out, & heard George read ― till 10.

―――――

6th day of 240 Tyrants ― (the Tyrants here being 155.)
2nd process ― got through 13-23 in all[.]


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Wednesday, 16 November 1864

X4

Perfectly lovely ― fresh bright day ― but not cold ―― all through.

Worked from 9 to 4 ― (& half an hour before breakfast) ― quite hard.

No post today.

Finished Trevelyan’s “Competition Wallah.” At 4 ― walked “into the town” ― (posting a letter for Mrs. Prescott,) ― & up the hill nearly to Villa Franche [sic]. ―

Returned at 6.30 ― & dined at 7. Heard G. read afterwards ― & penned out (!!!!!) a whole drawing ― (Ponte Maddalena ―) tho’ with a poor & trying light.

Bed at 10.

―――――

5th day of 240 Tyrants ― ochred the remaining 73 ― & began to go over these last a second time.
Got through 10 ― 2nd process.


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Tuesday, 15 November 1864

Stormy cloudy early ― but quite lovely after 11 ― all day ― breezy, but not the least cold. No fires yet, & open windows.

From 9 to 3.30 worked very hard ―: the system of doing many drawings at once keeps a man alive anyhow.

At 4 ― walked out ―― bright & very blowy: ― up horrid lanes to Lady Duncan’s ― I fear she & Anna lead a dreary hard life.

Back by 6.30 & dined. Ἔπειτα[1] ― wrote to Mrs. Prescott. G. has put on a blue shade to the lamp.

At 9.30 ― bed.

―――――

4th day of 240 drawings. 80 ― ˇ[blue, pink &] ochred. ― the 2nd 73 ― pink & blued.


[1] Then.


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Monday, 14 November 1864

Monday 14 November

Changed weather: rain nearly all day, & very stormy ― waves high. But I got a walk from 5 to 6. It takes 20 minutes to go easily from end to end of the whole Promenade.

Rose at 7 ― having slept well. After breakfast, went over weekly accounts with G., as well as those of his journey here: ― we made “both ends meet[”] all but 1½ francs, wh. we totted to cigars.

Thenceforth I worked frightfully all day ― having, in all ― rubbed off pencil of first 80 drawings ――
slightly outlined second 80 ―
& put in slightly the blues & pinks of the first 80.

It does seem absurd that 160 drawings should go through one’s hands in one day: ― & it remains to be seen what will come of it.

At 4.30 I shut up. (G. was taking in the wood for the winter.) ― I walked along the promenade ― which act is very like one’s old life at St. Leaonard’s.

At 6 ― G. gave me a good dinner of macaroni, mutton, & baked pears. ― all good. But he has a horrid cold, & I must change his room. ―

Ἐως ἐδῶ, ὅλα καλὰ.[1] ―

It is 8 now ― but the noise of the sea is unpleasant. very.

Wrote to F.L.

―――――

3rd day of 240 Tyrants. 153 outlined.
80 ― blue & pink.


[1] So far, so good.


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