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great unfinished picture of his, its subject doubtful, only the
heads of the men of the Revolution painted in.                In
the evening to a  Caf  chansant  with Edenshaw, where was
singing, both male and female, and a comic French nigger.
A stroll about St Denis, and in the  Galeries varieties  till
11, then to quarters.
  20.  Wednesday.   Perret vouchsafing to pilot us, we start
for Versailles, he being enveloped in a water-proof overcoat, and
bearing an umbrella.    It is a railroad trip, and we have
a breezy journey on the top of the cars, (where smoking is allowed;)
through Sevres, and distinguishing St Cloud on the right.  It
is a March day out of place.    Arrived at the palace, (of the
exterior of which I shall say nothing,)  we plunge into its ten
miles of paintings.  France has here, I suppose, the noblest
historical Gallery in the world, both of events and portraits.
From dim old Gaulish kings to him of the barricades; from
the Cascades to the storming of Constantine in Algerian warfare,
all are here nobly chronicled by painters of the highest merit.  In
certain rooms how omnipresent are Louis XIV and XV, with
their courtiers, generals, and troops of harlots!     The magnifi-
cence and luxury of that fester of pride, the  Grand Monarque,  was
surely scarcely equaled by the tyrants of old Rome.  No human
being was ever more thoroughly deified than he.       Talk of the
 horrors  of the French Revolution! why there was not one thou-
sandth part of the sin and wrong in them, compared with the spec-
tacle of this omnipotent, wretch in all his  glory.   Robespierre,
  Marat were saints compared with him.         They did believe,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred
Description:Describes a visit to Versailles in France.
Date:1855-06-19
Subject:Edenshaw; Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Edwin; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Louis XIV, King of France; Louvre (Paris, France); Marat, Jean Paul; Perret, Louis; Robespierre, Maximilien; Travel; Versailles (France)
Coverage (City/State):[Paris, France]
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.