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at once.          An Horace Vernet, entitled the Farewell, I
at first imagined to be on the subject of Poe s  Raven.      A
manly figure, with head bowed down in sorrowing love, (the drapery most richly
colored,) while above him rises the shade of a beautiful, spiritual-
faced girl, born upwards on the vast pinions of a hooded black
figure.        It s a grand picture.)         A Galileo, before the
Italian Ecclesiastics is good.          The hale, sturdy, white bearded
sage, is almost springing forwards as if to force conviction on the
hard shrewd faced dignitaries confronting him,   his right hand
pointing to a diagram explaining his discovery, which is negatived
coldly by the forefinger of one of the unbelievers, pointing to the
passage in Joshua.                   There s a picture, by I think, some
french artist, which is painful to look on.         A portion of a
shipwrecked crew, on an African sea-shore, the horriblest
black savages dancing around them, beautiful, nude women ^|& children|
crouching down, horrified, mocked and mowed at by hideous ne-
gress faces : a savage pulling at the neckerchief of a drowned
sailor, negro devil-chiefs in brutal-squalid finery, a fire for
cannibal purposes.      /              A Youthful Hercules, between the
Pleasure Goddess & Genius of Virtue.  Such a broad, full,
voluptuous beauty, with a world of liberal delight preffered in her
dark eyes, and rich mouth!    Poor Virtue don t look at
all attractive; the Hercules might do for Fenelon s priggish
hero Telemachus,   but by no means the boy  purger of the
infernal world.               Two french pictures, (well known by
means of Lithographs,) of the  Woman taken in Adultery.
In one, the crouching, shamed, guilty female figure, is ex-
quisite.  Both foul in the Saviours face, of course. (I think
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page two hundred and twenty-four
Description:Describes a visit to the Crystal Palace in New York to look at artwork.
Date:1853-12-22
Subject:Artists; Crystal Palace (New York, N.Y.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Vernet, Horace
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's writing and drawing work in New York, a visit to the Catskill Mountains, attending the wedding of his friend Charles Damoreau (Brown), a visit to the Crystal Palace in New York, his friend Lotty's difficult marriage to John Whytal, a sailing trip around Lake Superior, a visit to Mackinac Island in Michigan, a visit to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, and a journey by horseback from Kentucky to Louisiana with friends.
Subject:African Americans; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Native Americans; Publishers and publishing; Slavery; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Michigan; Wisconsin; Ohio; Kentucky; Mississippi; Alabama; Louisiana
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.