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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 131, March 31, 1860

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Identifier: DX02921009

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 131, March 31, 1860

Description: Regarding news of artist B.G. Stone.

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derived from Alf. Waud. The former [N.G. Shepherd] met Stone in his recent passing through New York, the latter [Alfred Waud] in Boston. Having utterly used himself up at Catskill, he has been fairly obliged to decamp, receiving intimations from enraged village creditors that he had better decamp quietly, for fear of consequences. So he resolves to return to the place of his nativity and detestation, near Boston, his wife [Mary DuBois Stone] intending to follow him. He talks of devoting himself to drawing on stone; “lithographers play the devil with one’s designs,” &c. &c. Stone’s whole career — that of a type of the Bogus Artist — at Catskill and before, is characteristic and edifying. His father, an honest and sensible farmer and market-gardner [sic], of humble origin, won a large sum of money in a lottery, in the days when lotteries were legal, which served as a foundation for his fortune, or rather independence. (Stone used to sink the farm and market-garden, and to scatter indefinite intimations of parental affluence, suggestive of a handsome villa, grounds, carriage-horses &c.) Shepherd has seen some of his father’s letters, reports them as wise and remonstrative of his son’s proceedings. That un-artistic pelican has subsisted almost entirely by parental depletion, the proportion of his own earnings being as one

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1860-03-31

Type(s): Diary
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Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries
Artists
Catskill Mountains (N.Y.)
Debt
Lithographers
Lotteries
Farmers

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