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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 133, March 31, 1860

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Identifier: DX02922538

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 133, March 31, 1860

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

Transcription:

A bogus Artist.

[posi]tive attempts. If he [B.G. Stone] got an order, he gave himself prodigious airs and loafed over it for months. He was great on expensive artist materials and outward garnishings. He did something for Zadock Pratt, the man “who has tanned f more hides than any living individual,” as Pratt told Jim Parton, when he applied to him to get his life written. This Pratt is notorious for his weakness about innumerable portraits of himself. He bought a steel-plate engraving of Sir Robert Peel, admiring the figure and attitude, and had the head obliterated and his own substituted! To return to Stone. He Without ability, except that of reproduction of detail of tree-tops, stones &c, he never can conceive, much less execute a picture. He has no honest enthusiasm or liking for the art either; his is a pretence [sic] which perhaps cheats himself, not others. He is the bogus artist to the life. Weak, not ill-meaning or intentionally harmful, with many curious traits of character, never was a fellow more pitifully unfit to be summed up by shrewd, hard, Yankee farmer people, like the Catskillers. In some respects, not many, he’s like Gowan in “Little Dorrit,” [by Charles Dickens] but Gowan came of patrician family and had a heavily-conventionalized country to swindle in, hence he married Clennam’s pretty sweetheart

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1860-03-31

Type(s): Diary
Page

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Artists
Diaries
Catskill Mountains (N.Y.)
Books and reading

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