NPG 1833 (1e)
compliment, but I consider the greatest compliment ever paid me was that paid by a cook at a house I was staying at. The cook said to my maid 'I am so glad your lady is going to stay to dinner' 'Why?' said the maid 'Oh! because your lady always keeps the company in such a roar of laughter that they forget to find fault with the cook"
Once when visiting Sir John Millais in his studio he told me that during the morning he had accidentally knocked over his easel and canvas and nearly killed his sitter who happened to be a little girl: later, in course of conversation I asked him whether he had seen some pictures which were then on exhibition, he replied that he never went to see pictures. "They can't teach me anything" he added. After a sitting in my studio, Millais & I passed through the dining room where my second daughter was sitting. "Who is that young lady?" whispered he as we were going through the hall. "that is my daughter" said I "What a devilish pretty girl" he remarked.
After the exhibition closed at the Royal Academy I spent a fortnight (by permission of Mr Calderon R.A. the Keeper) painting the interior of Room III. The perspective of the parquet floor I found to be very intricate. I think however the result paid for the labour.
A serious matter was how to get sufficient material to enable me to paint the pictures on the walls, for Mr Horsley told me that according to a rule of the Academy, no sketching was allowed, even if I took a little sketch book out the detective