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Levison s brother, referred
to in page 151.  An odious style
of individual generally.

[newspaper clipping]
  Mr. John Levison is a picture auctioneer, and taking
a fancy to one of Mr. Hays s creations, of which the
artist had published a lithograph, he has copies made
in oil and sells them under the hammer for what they
will bring.  To this, Mr. Hays most naturally objects;
in the first place, objects to have these daubs palmed
off on the public as his productions, and also because
it injures the sale of his lithograph.  Objecting, he re-
quests Mr. Levison to desist, who, in his turn, objects.
Matters become serious.  The law is delicately hinted
at; but the auctioneer snaps his fingers in the law s
face.
  Matters come to a crisis.  The law is called in on the
10th day of January, 1857; the struggle lasts two
years; but at last, on the 17th of December, 1858, the
struggle is over; the pencil has conquered the ham-
mer, and the auctioneer is floored.  The defendant,
John Levison, and his agents, servants and employees
are perpetually enjoined from making, exhibiting, sell-
ing or otherwise disposing of any copy of the print of
said complainant mentioned and described in his bill in
this suit, the title of which is  The Retrieve,  or of
any part of parts thereof;  he is furthermore to pay
the said William J. Hays all the profits found to have
been received by the said defendant, John Levison,
from the sale of copies of the said print in violation of
the complainant s copyright thereto, and also pay the
costs in the suit.  Thus decreed the Circuit Court of
the United States for the Southern District of New 
York, and its decree is just.
  Glancing over the evidence, we find one or two dis-
closures of humbug especially worthy of note.  It ap-
peared that the defendant had a shop in No. 39 Centre
street, where he had persons employed manufacturing
the pictures which formed the principal part of those
exposed for sale and sold by him in his Broadway store;
that it was his practice to exhibit but one picture of a 
kind at a time, and very soon after the one so exhibited
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page two hundred and thirty-seven
Description:Newspaper clipping regarding John Levison illegally making copies of and selling work by artist William J. Hays.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hays, William J.; Levison, John; Levison, William
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):No. 39 Centre Street; Broadway
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight
Description:Includes descriptions of the process of publishing his book, ''The Physiology of New-York Boarding Houses;'' his poor mental state upon returning to New York from England; meeting Walt Whitman; visits with Fanny Fern, James Parton, and Harriet Jacobs' daughter Louisa who is living with them; a visit to the Catskill Mountains with the Edwards family; moving into the boarding house at 132 Bleecker Street; working on the publication ''European'' with Colonel Hugh Forbes; the death of publisher William Levison and his daughter Ellen in his boarding house; visiting the scene of the murder of a dentist to get a sketch of the suspect; visiting Newport, Rhode Island, on assignment to sketch for Frank Leslie; and the death of his brother-in-law, Joseph Greatbatch.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Medical care; Mental illness; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Newport, Rhode Island
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.