Masada 21 day
Very queer life! (the sun shines now ― it never did in the summer!) all bright & gray: white earth ― & sky ― clear ever.
No letters, except from Foord announcing the frame of the old Bassæ being on the way here. ― Painted at Masada ― off & on all day ― but very doubtful if it will ever do.
At 3.30 the case & frame came ― & the ancient Bassæ ― rechristened “Masada” out came: ― having been to America & Rome by way of voyages. ― By 5.30 I had got the picture with the frame [into the] end Coffee room, & there I must work for the next days. The Masada don’t look very promising to me ― very pale & water coloury: ―― & needs a deal of force & color.
Little boy ― Laville Evans ― in knickerbockers ― came & looked at Nonsense book &c.
Nice letter ― afternoon ― from Lucy Francillon.
Now that Masada is out of my room, I have put the Cedars forward ― to finish next. ―
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3.]