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[newspaper engraving]
GEORGE A. BAKER.
{FROM A PHOTOGRAPH BY SARONY.}

[Gunn s handwriting]
The Artist who painted Lotty s portrait.  He was married to one
of her aunts. 		April, 1880

[newspaper clipping]
GEORGE A. BAKER, N. A.
  Mr. Baker, recently deceased, whose portrait
accompanies this sketch, was one of the best
known of American painters.  He was the
friend of Kensett, and the contemporary of
Elliot, Henry Peters, Gray and Daniel Hunting-
ton, of whom only the last remains.  Mr. Baker
was born in 1821, and had consequently drawn
the most of the prizes life presented to his am-
bition.  He was the pupil of his father, a
well-known minature painter of his day.
In early life he studied about two years in Rome.
He was the painter of a number of historical and
genre compositions during the former portions of
his career, but for the past ten or fifteen years he
has devoted himself almost exclusively to por-
traits, chiefly of ladies and children, to which
branch of art his delicate, graceful style seemed
best adapted.  In certain qualities his por-
traits resemble those of Gilbert Stuart.  He was
the best remaining portrait painter of the pres-
ent generation.  Mr. Baker was a man of win-
ning personal manner and made many friends.
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page two hundred and forty
Description:Newspaper clipping regarding the death of artist George Baker.
Subject:Artists; Baker, George; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kensett, John Frederick; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Obituaries
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

Volume
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.