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	           Her Portrait.
and I think her eyelashes were rather fine,
if not beautiful.   She had an aquiline nose,
pretty bold and well-developed, but by no
means large or massy.       I have never seen
such an altogether beautiful mouth as hers in
my life   (I pause now to think, and write it
confidently)   ^|it was| frank, sweet and noble in ex-
pression, exquisite in its proportions and sym-
metry.     Landseer, and he only, as far as I
know, can draw the exact mouth   it is one of
the peculiar excellencies of his pictures.   There s
a  Lady and Spaniels  by him, of which I
only have seen the popular engraving, always
identified by me with Mary Bilton.         It is
her face, elevated into patrician beauty.       She
had none of the air of a high-bred belle,
certainly, nor hardly of young lady-hood, as
the phrase is popularly understood, though
she was always the beauty of her circle, the ad-
mired of young fellows and good-natured girls,
the object of detraction by the envious ones.
The last would have called her showy, for she
was plump in figure and rather short in sta-
ture   what English boys designate  a jolly
girl.    She had a splendidly clear complexion,
a perfect profile and just a suggestion   a
promise of a double chin, about which I used
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page fifteen
Description:Describes Mary Bilton's physical characteristics.
Date:1860-06-10
Subject:Bilton, Mary; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Women
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living, his freelance writing and drawing work, antics of New York literary Bohemians, Frank Cahill fleeing for England after spending money that was meant for ''The New York Picayune,'' visits to the Edwards family, the state of Charles Damoreau's marriage, a sailing excursion to Nyack with the Edwards family and other friends on the Fourth of July, a fight between Fitz James O'Brien and House at Pfaff's, witnessing a fire at Washington Market, the execution of pirate Albert Hicks on Bedloe's Island, an excursion aboard the ship Great Eastern, a vacation at Grafton with the Edwards family, his growing friendship with Sally Edwards, Lotty Granville's behavior with Brentnall and Hill at his boarding house, Frank Bellew's return to England, and visits to dance houses in the Fourth Ward with friends for an article.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Grafton, 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.