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grovel before a titled customer.   I had to speak of his brothers,
and mostly of Charley, anent whose change of name Mr B
was not pleased.         /                                   Had a letter from
Hannah this morning.
  25.  Sunday.  A walk with Charley in the evening, calling
on Mrs Stine & John Boutcher.  Drizzly sloppy weather, mud
plentiful, and circular ice masses melting on the filthy river.
  26.  Monday.  Letter from Dick Bolton.   Out, through a dim
yellow mist and intermittent drizzle.    Over Waterloo Bridge, and
thence to the National Academy.   Many pictures have been added to it,
during the last five years, the veritable Pre-Raphealites being numerous.
Their gaucherie and hideousness is scarcely redeemed by their simplicity.
My visit was intended for Turners  Building of Carthage, which
according to the proviso in the Artist s will, hangs beside the picture
of Claude s, which it was painted, to rival.     Turner s is, as it
ought to be, the finer work, yet I think it would never have existed
by but for the glorious Frenchman.       There s a subtleness of concep-
tion, and a spiritually suggestive beauty about [word crossed out] our painter s
work which Claude s lacks.      The shimmer and dreamy splendor
paired forth on the water is wonderful, the architecture questionable
its location verging on the improbable, (not to say impossible,) the
sky exquisite.               Yet Claude is fresher, more ingenuous, with
his blue leaping waves, his awkward architecture, and his indif-
ferently drawn figures.      Turner s genious is noontide glory, Claude s
that of morning.      There is more achievement, and also parade of it
in the former, only joyous content with, and trust in, Nature, in
the latter.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page thirty
Description:Describes a visit to the National Academy [Gallery] in London.
Date:1855-02-24
Subject:Artists; Bennett, Hannah; Bolton, Richard; Boutcher, Jack; Brown, William; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Lorrain, Claude; Stine, Mrs.; Turner, J.M.W.
Coverage (City/State):[London, England]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven
Description:Includes an account of his family history and descriptions of his visits with family and friends in England, witnessing a procession for Louis Napoleon in London, traveling in Paris with his brothers Charley and Edwin, his friend Harry Price's mental illness, his journey across the Atlantic to New York on the ship Washington, the marriage of Fanny Fern and James Parton, meetings of the Ornithoryncus Club in New York, and Alfred Waud's elopement with Mary Brainard.
Subject:Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Mental illness; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):London, England; Paris, France; New York, New York
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.