I had an appointment with Alf Mason (A.E.W. Mason) at Florian's at 11.30.
Whilst at Florian's yesterday there was a band playing Wagner on a marvellous temporary bandstand in the centre of the Piazza. Sudden shower of rain. Terrasses emptied in a moment and colonnades crammed. The band seemed to have been dissolved away by the rain. It was all very wonderful.
Previously I had seen Dulac and Miss Beauclerk - she wrote the "Green Pavilion" (or some such title - I forget).
|Helen Beauclerk by George Lambert|
I met them yesterday, and I went and sat for a bit at Dulac's table, where I was to meet and did meet, Dulac.
He and Miss B. seem to be much together!
Alfred and I went off in his gondola to see the Accademia. A fine gondola all black and goldwith the funny extra furniture of a chair to match. Very comfortable. I was rather disappointed with my first view of the Accademia. The pictures seemed to be too exclusively Venetian, and I could not see Titian's "Assunta". We stayed there till exhaustion set in, and then went by small canals to Ristorante Bonvecchiato for lunch. Picturesque and good.
|Bonvecchiato restaurant, Venice|
Saw Mrs Lindsay in the Florian colonnade and she reintroduced me to Lady C., who wanted me to exert myself to get the O.M. for George Moore. She said that Balfour was favourable but would never actually do anything to help anyone.