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[newspaper clipping]
  MR. FRANK BELLEW, with his wife and family,
sailed for London on the 22d inst., in the clipper
ship Devonshire.  As a comic artist of rare ability,
his talents have, during ten years  residence in the
United States, gained honorable and universal recog-
nition in connection with our illustrated literature.
From the days of the Lantern to those of Vanity Fair
and Momus, not a humorous publication of any pre-
tensions, but has, at some period, owed its best draw-
ings to his extraordinarily prolific pencil.  Mr. Bel-
lew s social qualities have secured him hosts of friends
in literary, artistic, and private life, a select party of
whom were present at his embarkation.

[Gunn s handwriting]
World (TC.)

[newspaper clipping]
   F. H. Bellew, the artist, sailed for England on
Wednesday morning.  He has received the appointment
of Paymaster to the Militia, the salary attached to
which is about $2,000 a year, and the duties of which
will not interfere with the pursuit of his artistic la-

[Gunn s handwriting]
N.Y. Tribune

[newspaper clipping]
  MR. FRANK BELLEW, the well-known artist and
caricaturist, sailed for England on Wednesday last.
He was for many years connected with the princi-
pal illustrated periodicals in this country, and was
certainly surpassed by no one in originality, fertility
of invention, and an admirable appreciation of
humor and character.  He drew for Punch, the Lan-
tern, Young America, Harper s Weekly, Harper s
Monthly, Frank Leslie s Illustrated Paper, Nick
Nax, the Comic Monthly, Vanity Fair, Momus, be-
sides executing a host of other works in various de-
partments of illustrative art.  His signature a tri-
angle had become almost an individuality in the
eyes of thousands, who only knew him through his
works.  It will very shortly familiarize itself to the
English people in the columns of the London Punch.
Mr. BELLEW leaves behind him a magnificent col-
lection of original pen-and-ink drawings, executed
by himself, which are well worth the attention of
the lovers of art.  They are on exhibition at SCHAUS 
picture store, in Broadway, and will be disposed of
by lottery on or about the first of September.  Fur-
ther particulars may be learned by application to
J. R. HAMILTON, architect, 635 Broadway.

[Gunn s handwriting]
(Home Journal)

[newspaper clipping]
lew the clever artist and one of the readiest of all
who put humor into visible form, has sailed for
England, where he has gone to get a nice little of-
fice under the English government.  It is to be
hoped that its duties will not prevent the drawing
of his old American life.  If Punch were to get
him to touch up American subjects it would not
make the funny blunder of representing a South-
ern planter in New York, engaged in  whopping a
nigger.x   There are those of his class who possess
greater artistic accuracy, but in humor, in imagin-
ation and fancy, in invention, the power of seeing
a subject in innumerable grotesque lights and pro-
ducing it in a striking and effective manner, in
love and delicate perception of the beautiful he
was unrivalled.  His labors were extraordinary,
probably he produced more purely comic work
than the rest of his artistic brethren put together.
He had used his pen, too, in eomic journalism, but
only secondary to his prollfic pencil.
  Socially, he was deservedly popular among a
host of friends, who, now wish him all honor, and
prosperity while they regret his departure as in-
volving a breaking up of old and kindly relations,
which they confidently trust some day to renew.  

[Gunn s handwriting]
Courier.  (x Dunn English.)  TC
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and eighty-five
Description:Newspaper clippings regarding Frank Bellew's departure to England with his family on the Devonshire.
Subject:Artists; Bellew, Allie; Bellew, Frank; Bellew, Frank, Mrs.; Devonshire (Ship); English, Thomas Dunn; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hamilton; Sunday courier.; New York tribune.; New York world.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):635 Broadway
Scan Date:2011-01-29


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.