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Identifier: autobiographical02scot
Title: Autobiographical notes of the life of William Bell Scott : and notices of his artistic and poetic circle of friends, 1830 to 1882
Year: 1892 (1890s)
Authors: Scott, William Bell, 1811-1890 Minto, William, 1845-1893
Subjects: Scott, William Bell, 1811-1890 Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, 1828-1882 Poets, English — 19th century Painters — Great Britain
Publisher: London : Osgood, McIlvaine
Contributing Library: University of California Libraries
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN

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ad to be given up, and they have gone back to theIsle of Wight to receive some guests. Holman Huntwas left somewhere near Falmouth making sketches. I have taken advantage of some fine days to try andmake a little oil study of some plants out of doors, but ofcourse I got into many troubles. Hang the oil-colours ! !why do they look so bright and strong and jolly, and intwo or three days go in and are all dim and dingy ? Thepicture seems to want varnish. Must it wait for a year,till it is quite hard, before it is varnished ? Now, Ill becivil if youll help me—I hope Mrs. Scott is well, andthat youve given up smoking. Some allusions in these extracts require com-mentary. Above all others, there is the firstmention of Miss Boyd, so dear to me from thattime till the present moment of writing. On the18th March 1859, though I have omitted to recordthe incident, while I was painting Bernard Gilpinaddressing the borderers in the church of Rothburyafter having taken down the gage of battle from

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Etchea by WB.S.from a. Drawing iyD-GU. NEWS-LETTER FROM W. M. ROSSETTI 57 the wall, I had a visit from a lady some few yearsover thirty, ill and weary from watching by thedeath-bed of her mother. I had not heard hername before. She wanted to find a new interestin life, and thought to find it in art. She wassomehow or other possessed, to me, of the mostinteresting face and voice I had ever heard orseen. I devoted myself to answer this desire ofhers, and from day to day the interest on eitherside increased. At this moment I am sitting, ona fearfully wet day, in her old family castle. Pen-kill, in Ayrshire, where all these notes have beenwritten. This ancient house has been my summerhome and that of my wife, for many years, andall the friends, with few exceptions, mentioned inthese pages have come to see us here ; the winterhalf of the year Miss Boyd is our guest in London.As important in my life as Wallington, infinitelymore so, indeed, the name will be or ought to bethe principal one i

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