Thursday, Dec 13, 1888 Very cold. I went to see the Verestchagin pictures this morning and found them extremely interesting, rather to my surprise, as I confess there seemed an atmosphere of clap trap surrounding them. They show great power, great facility and great industry. The canvases are enormous. To me the most finely painted of all of that was the great portico of a white marble mosque. Some of the smaller pictures were excellent but he is strongest in his big canvases. Have put in a boat and figures in Husted's picture but I get on slowly with it. Called at Fred Nortons this evening. He seems very poorly and looks old and broken. I called at Fred Nortons this evening and saw him, Annie and his sister Mrs. Curtis. He is very miserable and looked old and worn. It is very cold.