[Rome—Sunday, 26 February 1860]

Sunday 26th A little tired so we stayed at home reading until we drove to Overbeck’s studio in the afternoon. How impressive he is now with his quiet keen eyes and long grey hair. I longed to be able to talk German with him, indeed we tried but I seemed to forget everything. His cartoons are very fine. His son told us he had sent to Mexico to ask them to order a drawing because he wished one in America. I think he must have meant California. The bust of him by his son-in-law Hoffman is excellent.

In the evening we met the Storys’ and Mr Browning at Mr Apthorp’s. We had a most delightful, wonderful evening.

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