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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 224, December 22, 1853

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Identifier: DX04209956

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 224, December 22, 1853

Description: Describes a visit to the Crystal Palace in New York to look at artwork.


at once. An Horace Vernet, entitled the Farewell, I at first imagined to be on the subject of [Edgar Allan] Poe’s “Raven.” A manly figure, with head bowed down in sorrowing love, (the and drapery most richly colored,) while above him rises the shade of a beautiful, spiritual-faced girl, born upwards on the vast pinions of a hooded black figure. It’s a grand picture.) A Galileo, before the Italian Ecclesiastics is good. The hale, sturdy, white bearded sage, is almost springing forwards as if to force conviction on the hard shrewd faced dignitaries confronting him, — his right hand pointing to a diagram explaining his discovery, which is negative coldly by the forefinger of one of the unbelievers, pointing to the passage in Joshua. There’s a picture, by I think, some french artist, which is painful to look on. A portion of a shipwrecked crew, on an African sea-shore, the horriblest black savages dancing around them, beautiful, nude women & children crouching down, horrified, mocked and mowed at by hideous negress faces: a savage pulling at the neckerchief of a drowned sailor, negro devil-chiefs in brutal-squalid finery, a fire for cannibal purposes. / A Youthful Hercules, between the Pleasure Goddess & Genius of Virtue. Such a broad, full, voluptuous beauty, with a world of liberal delight preffered in her dark eyes, and rich mouth! Poor Virtue don’t look at all attractive; and the Hercules might do for Fenelon’s priggish hero Telemachus, — but by no means the boy “purger of the infernal world. Two french pictures, (well known by means of Lithographs,) of the “Woman taken in Adultery. In one, the crouching, shamed, guilty female figure, is exquisite. Both foul in the Saviours face, of course. (I think

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-12-22

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Artists
Crystal Palace (New York, N.Y.)


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