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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.


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

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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. ―

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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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