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	Napoleonic Pictures.
a natural grace and suppleness pleasant to
look on.        When George and I retired, it was
to a neat room with the inevitable feather-bed
(an uncomfortable English superstition) and old-
fashioned engravings, one representing Napoleon
at Longwood, evidently coeval with the time of the event.
Therein the French Emperor appeared standing
on a sort of lawn, in an ill-drawn cocked 
hat, his hand in his breeches pocket, a
protuberant stomach, and legs attired ap-
parently in attennated drawers.   To him, a
highly fashionable lady, considerably above him in
stature, and dressed in a long straight night-gown
of limited material, without any waist, and a
man s hat decorated with a feather, which concealed
her features, was presenting a demonstrative boy
in brown.        Napoleon had all the air of propelling
his stomach, in an ill-tempered mood, against
the two.        The other engraving displayed an of-
ficer in a cocked hat and epaulettes riding amid
mountainous scenery, followed at a distance, by
a pedestrian.            I should have thought the mounted
person had been intended for Napoleon but for
the absence of stomach; the country would have ans-
wered very well for St. Helena               Both pictures
were colored after the time of George the Fourth,
the foliage of the same period.         Between the two,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page eighty-three
Description:Describes an engraving of Napoleon at Arthur Tew's house.
Date:1861-07-23
Subject:Bolton, George; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Napoleon I, Emperor of the French
Coverage (City/State):[Bleinheim Township, Ontario, Canada]
Scan Date:2010-06-09

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War; his visits to military camps in and around New York City as a reporter for ""The New York Evening Post;"" boarding house living; a bridal reception at the Edwards family's residence in honor of the marriage of Sally Edwards and Thomas Nast; a visit to the Heylyn and Rogers families in Rochester; and his trip to Paris, Ontario, to visit George Bolton and the Conworths.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Paris, Ontario, Canada ; Rochester, 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 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.