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	     Bellew s Antecedents.
vanity, falseness and irrationality.   He profes-
sed dislike of impulsive people and, I think,
went to the opposite extreme in his distaste for
the quality.          In England he had commen-
ced his career as a comic artist in drawing
for the Puppet-Show, one of the innumerable
attempts at rivalry with Punch.       Gavarni was
on it, Vizitelly published and Addey (of Momus)
had something to do with it.   Bellew knew
James Hannay, Wilkie Collins and others of
that rank.       With North he was a schoolfellow.
He made Clapp s acquaintance when that little
vampire came to England.      Bellew s father
is an ex-Anglo-Indian officer, he wrote a
two volume book entitled the  Adventures of
a Griffin  i.e. an East-Indian Johnny
Raw or Peter Simple.   I remember the name
of the book from an Athenaeum review, years
ago, and have seen a copy in Bellew s possess-
ion, with illustrations from designs, either
by his own pencil or that of the author.   He
had, too, one number of a projected periodical
on Sketches of Character, published, I think
by Mc Lean of the Haymarket, with etched
figure illustrations by Bellew, as  the Nanny, 
the  Irishman  and the like.   Only one number
was issued.         I suppose the family to be
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and seventy-seven
Description:Describes Frank Bellew.
Date:1860-08-21
Subject:Addey; Bellew, Francis-John; Bellew, Frank; Books and reading; Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Collins, Wilkie; Gavarni, Paul; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hannay, James; McLean; North, William; Vitizelly
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.