Tuesday, Jan 2, 1883 Tried to paint a picture today but failed. It always depresses me to fail in my pictures. Called on Whitelaw Reid and his wife this evening. Found them alone and had a pleasant call. Went to the club for an hour and had a talk on Art with Benjamin. He agreed with me that the art of today was lacking in ideality. Reid whose portrait Herkomer is painting has an income in London from his art of 10,000 pounds.