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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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Thursday, 30 December 1858

Rose before 8 & shewed G. the Pincian, & went to one or two shops. ― Lovely, bright & cold. ― Drew hard, more or less, all day, at 2 drawings of Petra. Beresford & Bright came, & a Rev. Boileau Elliot, & Sam, & Pizzerani. ― Letters from F.L. & Sir J. & Lady Reid, all kind. Happier. At 3.50 walked by River to P. Molle, & back by road. Dined at the old Φαλκῶνε ((“Falcone,” probably a restaurant.)) ―. ― In the evening, went to S.W.C. ― but fell asleep. ―

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Wednesday, 29 December 1858

One of the many odd days in these times ― curiously queer. Fine cold, bright. After breakfast ― (always nice, now Giorgio is here, ―) came the man to hang the studio, & hammering & fussing went on all day. Also old Pizzerani, ὁ ὁποῖος ((Who.)) nearly demented me. Intanto  I drew mainly at a view of S. Sabbas. Later came Storey & Perkins ― & later still, S.W.C. But the “rapping” had given me bad headache. I walked with the Americans, & dressing, went to S.W.C. to dine. But I could not go to Pantaleone’s. ― Came home at 11. Gio. asleep, ― & cross ― anent his finger.

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Tuesday, 28 December 1858

E. Lear, Monastery of Mur Sabbas, (or San Sabbas,) on the Kedron, between Jerusalem and the Dead Sea.

Rose at 7 or 8 ― apparently gloomy for wet ― but it cleared, & grew colder. Went to various near errands ―: breakfast ― then paid some bills, & to McBeans ―where they say my boxes will come shortly. Then back, & drew more or less all day at Seymour’s S. Sabbas. Clowes came, & [H ] & Stewart & Blackwell. Also the men began to hang the gray cotton on the walls. ―

At 4 called on Lady Carmichael, Miss Tullok, ― Hay, & others, & walked with S.W.C. ― with whom at 6 I dined pleasantlich. ― At 10 home to bed.

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Monday, 27 December 1858

XXX10 ― o dear! how horrible! ― Festa, ((“Holiday” in Italian.)) so nothing was to be got or done. I drew at one of the Bethanys. ― But a deep black bitter melancholy destroys me. ― Paid the Hotel bill ― & at 2 or 3 P.W. came ― & afterwards Mr. Palmer. ―

Then I called at the Gaetani Palace ― Duke & Duchess Sermoneta ― she is dying slowly. ― Returned, & found S.W.C. was out riding! ― Dressed, & to Col. Northey’s ― pleasant party.

S.W.C. afterwards.

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Sunday, 26 December 1858

Rose later ― cloudy ― & wetty at times. After breakfast ― (as comfortable as things can get to be ―) went to S.W.C. ― & walked with him to church. Great crowd ― & disagreeable somehow. Yet the service is well done, & particularly the singing. Walk back with S. ― & then call on P.W. & on to Marshalls’ ― with whom lunch: curious people. ― Then on Mr. Hay ― & so, at 4 ― to S. at the church door ―& walk round the Borghese Gardens. Afterwards, called at Lady Stratford’s.

So ― home: & oversaw G.’s writing & dressed, & went to the Knights. C. & Helen. C. is as of old ― suspicious, yet downright. ― H. is much changed, & not for the better; harder & bitter, ― though I like her for old memory’s sake. Isabella tonight was a fainter image of former-life=Isabella. ― So, at 11, I came away ― unsure if I had not bored all three.

And so we are in Νεακερκύρα again.

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Saturday, 25 December 1858

X9 ― which is sorrow. ― Breakfast comfortable. Gio doing all in his power to make me so. Wrote to Ann: a long letter ― & to Col. Clowes. At 12 went to S.W.C. ― Day inclined to rain. Went with Giorgio to S. Pietro, which greatly pleased the Σουλιοτ, ― & then, (the weather cleared,) by Lungara, (buying Caldi rosti  ―) to S.P. in Montorio, ((San Pietro in Montorio.)) & Villa Doria Panfili. There, a dense melancholy pervaded me ― part of other day memories here, part of Corfu. The Swans, the peacocks, the pines & the gardens! ― Returned we by Trastevere & Ponte 4 Capi, & to the Colosseo ― “un miracolo” said Gio. ―& so by S.P. in Vincoli, ((San Pietro in Vincoli.)) & S.M. Maggiore, ((Santa Maria Maggiore.)) to the Scalinata. ((Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti.)) ―
Dressed & dined with S.W.C. ― Arkwright only there. Very good dinner. Arkwright not “intellectual” but a good kind of man. ― Came away at 10½ to Νεακερκύρα. ((“New Corfu,” as his home must have seemed to Lear after Giorgio’s arrival.))

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Friday, 24 December 1858

Rose earlyish. Gray & fine. Determined to work, if possible. ― So I did: ―& toughly worried away on Masada. But the people who came to hang the room with gray, bulled me, ― all the worse that they mismeasured the whole, & went away, having done nought. While I was in a great rage , the bell rang ― & lo GIORGIO KOKALI! ― “Freddo son ― signor ―” ((“I’m cold, Sir.”)) said the Σουλιοτ ―. ((Suliot.))

HOW REJOICED I WAS TO SEE THAT GOOD MAN CANNOT BE WRITTEN!

He went away to get his things, & I went on working, & I hope, thanking God. ― At 4 he returned, & I went with him to various shops ―afterwards dining at the Belle Arti with Williams. Thence I went to S.W.C. & sate with him till 9 ― jangling at times, but afterwards happier & I at last saying God bless you. ― Then I came home, & sate talking with the worthy Σουλιοτ till 10½.

Indeed, indeed, this is a great blessing.

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Thursday, 23 December 1858

Bright ―: cold within, warm summer without. Rose at 7 ― but chilled, & not well: yet I hope it is “stomach” only. After sundry shoppings &c., breakfast (with J. Morris,) at “Degradation” café. S.W.C. was asleep. So I began two Bethanys. & at 1 went to S., who got out for the first time on the Pincian. ― I was not a little uneasy, & feared fever for myself. Worked from 2.30 ― to 4. ― Then walked by the river. ― At 5.30 to the Belle Arti ― & dined with P.W. pleasantly. Went to the P. Office ― no diligence.

Sat with S.W.C. till 9.30 then came “home.” The Proud Porter  officiating. Kind note from H.K. ― What a queer life is this! (Letter from Jane Husey Hunt: very kind but, sad. Both Mr. J. Hofer, & the clergyman brother are dead. ―)

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Wednesday, 22 December 1858

Woke at 6. & rose by candlelight, resolving hard, if possible to set myself in a good groove. Lit my own fire, & managed papers & letters, & things for drawing ― & by the time I was washed & dressed it was 9. Went to Cagiati & bought fenders, & to other places. S.W.C. not up yet. Breakfast at filthy Café Greco alone. Came in & began Penrhyn’s Masada. Called on Beresford & Conyers ― who are living below me. ― Worked again. ― Delightful letters from my dear Ann! ― from Mrs. Empson, & Mrs. Clive! ― Huge joy & resurrection of spirits. ― Drew at Masada, after a visit to S.W.C. & McBean &c. ― At 3.30 ― walk by river ― very lovely afternoon ― returning by the P. Molle ((An alternative name for Ponte Milvio.)) road, met P. Williams, & walked with him. S.W.C. ― To Huskisson’s at 6.30 ― Miss Elliot, & Mr. Clarkvery pleasant dinner ― nice little woman. Afterwards Elliots & Ogles. Singing. S.W.C. again, I came to no. 9 at 11 ― & made the [Porte], light fire, & empty slop.

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