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	   His talents as a Cariaturist.
good, Irish, allied   (as all Irish families
are) to aristocracy and Micawberish in a supe-
rior way.      Bellew had travelled in Scotland and
produced a little shilling book on it, humorous
enough in its way.     He sailed from Glasgow
for New York in 1850, when I well recollect
seeing him for the first time, on his calling at
Anderson s, in Park Place.          As a comic ar-
tist, his talents are extraordinary; certainly
on this side of the Atlantic unrivalled.   I be-
lieve that in imagination and fancy he excels
Leech, though in correctness of drawing, the
 Punch  man is much ahead of him.     Bellew has
done more comic drawing and of a higher
quality than all the rest of us put together;
we are all bunglers compared to him.     He
is amazingly prolific; apparently never in a
hurry, he yet got through an immense amount
of work.    Almost invariably he drew of evenings
and far into the night   how many times have
I visited him thus and admired the beauty
and humor of his conceptions!   He was always
hospitable, always courteous, even to the veriest
bores   unless he had been drinking and then
woe to anybody who offended him.  He must
have earned a great deal of money, sometimes
$100 a week, but he was always in debt,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and seventy-nine
Description:Describes Frank Bellew.
Date:1860-08-21
Subject:Anderson; Artists; Bellew, Frank; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Irish; Leech, John
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.