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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 157, October 18, 1855

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Identifier: DX03956100

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 157, October 18, 1855

Description: Describes going with Alf Waud to Matthew Brady's to get Waud's daguerreotype taken.


Alf [Waud] was settling up with the latter [William Levison] for an enormous quantity of drawings on wood he had brought in, having devoted the last three or four days unceasingly to it. Levison was saying that he’d filled every G— d— drawer in the place, and couldn't he bring a few more, and stow 'em away in the garret. Alf was flushed with a sort of subdued triumph about it. [Jesse] Haney sat over account books, making out payments; [Sol] Eyting and Will Waud conversed together; and I seemed strangish among 'em. Levison supposes Waud to be off for England. Turned out with Alf, accompanied him while he called at Robert's and elsewhere, then took a fragmentary meal, (I have no appetite now, and am ever present neurologic-like pain the the forehead,) which and to [Matthew] Brady's down and up-town Daguerrian rooms, Waud being desirous of acceeding to his "wife [Mary Brainard]'"s request for his daguerreotype before the proposed removal of moustache and whiskers. At the latter it was procured, I having a talk with young Brady, and also sitting in the studio formerly occupied by [B.G.] Stone, now tenanted by Brown. Met [James] Parton momentarily, just before parting with Alf, near my door. Throughout the whole time, Waud had been entirely, and engrossingly occupied with his own plans, expectations and doings. He had no spare word of sympathy or liking for me. I believe there was an under current of boastfulness about the $30 or so he’d got from Levison, part of which, his debts paid, (or some of ‘em,) will take him, and "wife" onto Boston. Therefore 'twas necessary to work and acquire 'em. He was coarsish in talk, and pronounced the photograph of himself to be "J— C— after he'd been on a bust, and had his hair cut!" and a boy at

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-10-18

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Artists
Publishers and publishing


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