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	           A bogus Artist.
tive attempts.      If he got an order, he gave
himself prodigious airs and loafed over it for
months.      He was great on expensive artist ma-
terials and outward garnishings.       He did some-
thing for Zadock Pratt, the man  who has tanned
f more hides than any living individual,  as Pratt
told Jim Parton, when he applied to him to get
his life written.     This Pratt is notorious for his
weakness about innumerable portraits of himself.
He bought a steel-plate engraving of Sir Robert Peel,
admiring the figure and attitude, and had the
head obliterated and his own substituted!
To return to Stone.      Without ability, except
that of reproduction of detail of tree-tops, stones &c,
he never can conceive, much less execute a picture.
He has no honest enthusiasm or liking for the art
either; his is a pretence which perhaps cheats
himself, not others.      He is the bogus artist to
the life.    Weak, not ill-meaning or intentionally
harmful, with many curious traits of character,
never was a fellow more pitifully unfit to be 
summed up by shrewd, hard, Yankee farmer
people, like the Catskillers.   In some respects,
not many, he s like Gowan in  Little Dorrit, 
but Gowan came of patrician family and had
a heavily-conventionalized country to swindle in,
hence he married Clennam s pretty sweetheart
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page one hundred and thirty-three
Description:Regarding news of artist B. G. Stone.
Date:1860-03-31
Subject:Artists; Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Parton, James; Pratt, Zadock; Stone, B.G.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living, his freelance writing and drawing work, antics of the New York literary Bohemians, visits to the Edwards family, the activities of London detective Arthur Ledger who is staying in his boarding house, Thomas Nast's courtship of Sally Edwards, two masked balls at his boarding house, a visit to Lotty Granville at Fordham, the state of Charles Damoreau's marriage, and a visit to the ''Phalanx'' in New Jersey with George Boweryem.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Detectives; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Fordham, New York; New Jersey
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.