Friday, July 03, 2009

04Jun1867, Reynolds and Gainsboroughs

LONDON, June 4th, 1867.
M., Granny, and I went in M.'s open carriage to the Exhibition ; we did little but the Sir Joshua Reynolds and Gainsboroughs, but spent a good while there, Granny as fresh and pleased over it as possible, and recognising many rolling-collared, swathed-necked, tight-coated, knee-breeched people from her own recollection of them. She knew Gibbon at once, tho' I fancy she was only a tiny child when he taught her English dates at Althorp, not long before his death.

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