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there a red hell-glare on them, distant hands rising, as belonging to bodies
in torment.    A huge wild bear s jaws closed on the left arm of the figure, on
the body were wounds;   and to the right was a strange beast half rat half dog,
with horn, and thick, short, red, cloven tongue.   Below rose a gigantic head
of black hair, nought but the black visible.    A negroes head with bloody eyeballs
and lips, like a mask hiding a dumb demon was beside it, and another head
with claw on t and horror-stricken look.  And a great writhing caterpillar,
and in the distance, wild birds.   A strange picture, yet not half so horrible as
the head of one of Michael Angelo s devils in the Sixtine Chapel fresco 
  23. Wednesday. Sitting drawing at Genin s caps and Porcupinish sketches
when Homer Hall coming in, invites me to a drive out on the Avenues. So
the day being all sunshine and blue sky, entred the  buggy  and off.
Much the same route as when with Cross, but fewer equipages on the
roads, and ending at the High Bridge, as then.  Leaning over the 
bridge parapet, gazing down the 113 feet at the shrunken and shallow 
river, with scarce a ripple disturbing it, Homer idly cracking his whip;
and below a posse of pleasure seeking idlers entering a little boat, and making
the tall bridge-arches vibrate to the sounds of the Canadian boat-song, or
Sheridan s
			 A boat! a boat haste to the Ferry! 
Returning somewhat dusty and sun browned by 3, and dined in the
kitchen; the meal irritated by little nincompoop widow Dob.  Verily, though
a little woman she s a great fool.     Here s this big truculent-looking Tilton
disliked and suspected by every one in the house,   (not one would risk a rent on
the fair fame of the little woman;)    here s this man with a wife in the house,
petted by her, (bullied and sworn at for her pains to the provocation of any
amount of snivelling on her part;) indulging  in surreptitious meals at irregular
hours, and playing private despot at any rate.   He has been a nigger- 
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page eighty-three
Description:Describes a painting he saw at the Art Union.
Date:1851-04-22
Subject:Boardinghouses; Cross; Dobson, Mrs.; Genin; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, Homer; Leisure; Tilton; Tilton, Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's attempts to find drawing work among New York publishers, brief employment in an architectural office, visits to his soldier friend William Barth on Governors Island, boarding house living, drawing at actor Edwin Forrest's home at Fonthill Castle, and sailing and walking trips taken with friends.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):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.