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latent horror in it.   The Brigade man s face is excellent, (said
by Deane (erroneously) to be a portrait of John Leech, the Punch artist;)  as
are the scrambling, inelegant attitudes of the children.   The hot
glare of the fire is wonderfully rendered, the mothers figure,) or
rather want of it) weak, and indefinite.     A large picture of an 
artist procession by Sir F. Leighton with Giotto, Cinabue, and half a score others, (with
Dante looking on in a corner,) is good. (I was glad to note, in
it, a portrait of a Buffalmacco, the jovial painter who cuts such a fi-
gure in the Calendrino stories of the Decameron.    /     Maclise, des-
pite his fine abilities has a thoroughly bad painting on the subject of
the wrestling scene in  As you Like It.     His Charles is a brutal
trunculent monster, utterly incapable of human feeling,) in the play he
volunteers cautioning Orlando through Oliver;) his Duke is a scowling
ruffian who looks as though ordering his niece and daughter to instant
death; the girls are big, handsome, Irish ones, utterly lacking the
grace and delicacy of Shakspere s twain, and you look in vain for
anything worthy of sweetest Rosalind.     Orlando is a melodramatic
boy, with hands clasped as though doing sentiment on the verge of
plunging off a fathomless abyss; and Touchstone is a leering, greasy-
heeled clown.   Costume and accessories are all recklessly chosen.
 A Mitherless Bairn  is a good Wilkieish picture.  Rane,  with a
sunset glow on it panorama-ish.                       Boutcher being not well
all off by 2 1/2, trooped into Allom s Office, the old boy and Arthur
being there.   A general hearty invite to Barnes on the Sunday.
  {6. Wednesday to       Out a good deal.  Boutcher some thrice
  9. Saturday}       at our place, I at his.     He has taken
the upper rooms above George Clarke s, removed things there &c.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page seventy-nine
Description:Describes visiting the National Academy with William Boutcher and Deane to look at new paintings.
Subject:Allom; Allom, Arthur; Artists; Boutcher, William; Clarke, George; Deane; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leech, John; Leighton, F.; Maclise, Daniel
Coverage (City/State):[London, England]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.