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overpowered.  /           We remained in the building all day,
taking a substitute for dinner in the refreshment room, in the
shape of cold ham, soda-water and Ice-creams.     The suits of
antique armour from the Tower don t appear to advantage,
being perched up on brackets by the gulleries,   dwarfing them
considerably.              Thorwaldsens   Savior and the Twelve Apostles,
(Paul being substituted for Judas, by the by.       These figures,
larger than life, are grandly beautiful, Peter s head particu-
larly fine, and John s divine.          But I question the propriety
of making the Savior some three feet or so higher than the rest.
  It appears like the acknowledgment that the Sculptor could
not represent the divine superiority bit by a vulgar physical
standard.         It dwarfs the two apostles nighest him, also.)
The Galleries have many attractions.   Much porcelain, statuettes
bijoutrie, and fancy works there.   And many places yet unfilled.
I can scarcely touch on a hundredth part of the things note worthy,
but must expend mayy [many] a 50 cent piece, ere I exhaust the Crystal
Palace of New York.       Tis a proud thing to think, that
of all that is beautiful to see, ingenious in plan and use, each
seperate item was once a filmy idea floating in some projector s
brain.     There is is, the true soul of all, Mans wit, skill,
and labor.      /          The effect of the building, seem from the galleries
circling the dome is very beautiful, bright red and blue colours,
the glass walls, and multitudinous objects around produce a
scene excelling aught conceivable in the Bazaar way.
  Left by 5, and Mr Hart & I rode back, Dillon &
the little girl tarrying to ascend the Lattneg tower adjacent
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page thirty-six
Description:Describes a visit to the Crystal palace in New York, and describes the sculptures and other displays he saw there.
Date:1853-08-02
Subject:Crystal Palace (New York, N.Y.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Mapother, Dillon; Sculptures
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's writing and drawing work in New York, a visit to the Catskill Mountains, attending the wedding of his friend Charles Damoreau (Brown), a visit to the Crystal Palace in New York, his friend Lotty's difficult marriage to John Whytal, a sailing trip around Lake Superior, a visit to Mackinac Island in Michigan, a visit to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, and a journey by horseback from Kentucky to Louisiana with friends.
Subject:African Americans; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Native Americans; Publishers and publishing; Slavery; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Michigan; Wisconsin; Ohio; Kentucky; Mississippi; Alabama; Louisiana
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.