Saturday, 21 December 1861

Florence 5 day. Rose at 7. A delightful half-sunny ― half pearly gray day, warm enough to have the window open ― a wood fire within. After Breakfast & hearing G. read ― worked at the Architecture of the Florence picture absolutely, almost without stopping ― from 9 to 5 ―: I could have seen [...]

Friday, 20 December 1861

Florence ― (cypresses & foreground.) ――― 4 day Cloudy ―― & rain at times towards 4 P.M. Worked all day ― 9 to 4.30 at the Florence ― ill enough. ― Weather warm. Spirits none ― horridly dejected at times ― yet fought it out. And at 5 ― walk to Palœópolis & back by [...]

Thursday, 19 December 1861

Florence ― sky & cypress stems. ―――― 3 day. The nearly full moon ― opposite my window at 7: ― then the gradually plum=rosiness ― & lastly at 7.30 the first crimson of sunrise on Salvador, is a sight not to be forgotten. Sent letters to Dickenson & C.F. ― Sarah Street, & Mrs. Chaworth=Musters. [...]

Wednesday, 18 December 1861

Perfectly wonderful weather yet! ― Rose at 7. ― & after Breakfast worked ― (but not well,) at 3 Corfus ― till 4. Then I walked out ―by the Alipù Potamo & cross roads & Alipu & cross road again to the S.ta Decca ― ― ―― Home by 6.15. The days seem to me [...]

Tuesday, 17 December 1861

Cloudy & North wind ― rain last night: ― at 3 a stiff north breeze & all clear again! Did not rise till after 8 ― having overslept myself owing to the Maudes coming in very late ― (or early ―) & to all the blinds being closed. Sent letters to Mrs. Fairbairn {Lorny F. [...]

Monday, 16 December 1861

Same weather. Strong West wind at noon: clouds. []1 ― & rain at 7 or 8. Went early & left name at Palace & card on Baron D’Everton, ˇ[& took a “turn” with Boyd.] Worked ― (but less today ― for Monday’s have accounts &c.) at the Porto 3 Scoglie ― & Butrinto. ― Major [...]

Sunday, 15 December 1861

Same weather . . perfect calm, color, & brilliancy. Rose at 7.30. After breakfast wrote to Mrs. AT. L. Reid, & Lady Goldsmid: & coloured some Butrinto drawings ―― wh. took me till 2.30. To Church ― but found it did not begin till 3.30 ― whereby walked about with Mrs. Decie, which hath a [...]

Saturday, 14 December 1861

Absolutely the same stupendous clear weather as before. Worked very hard all day ― from 8.30 to 4.30 ― at 3 Corfus. ― placing a 15th (!!!!) painting on canvass. Letter from T. Cooper ― enclosing Roberson’s Bill ―― 54£ !! ― & ˇ[an] invitation from Ed.d Woodthorpe to dinner ― (last week). Mr. Gush’s [...]

Friday, 13 December 1861

X4 Same weather early ― but cloudy at 1 P.M. ― & rain at 5. Not very well ― indigestion. Worked at Corfu from Gastouri Corfu from S.ta Deca Corfû from [Psararoũs] Nos. 8 ― 11 & 14. Major Peel, & Baron D’Everton came & looked over drawings of Athos. Boyds invite me to dine [...]

Thursday, 12 December 1861

Same weather!!! Rose at 7 At 8.30 went to Taylor’s, & drew 25£. Sent letters to Dickenson Ellen & Lady G. Grey. Worked at one of the Corfû pictures. At 1.30 ― went up to the “Maudes” ― where all was good-humour ― including the little Cuba Dogs ― & a pleasing=clever Mrs. Darell & [...]