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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 174, August 21, 1860

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Identifier: DX02767947

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 174, August 21, 1860

Description: Describes Frank Bellew.

Transcription:

161

His [Frank Bellew’s] Personal Appearance.

To-bed thoroughly tired out.

I have often intended devoting a page or two to [Frank] Bellew, involving a brief sum-up of what I know of him, and here’s to do it. First, he is a very handsome fellow, six feet high, I should suppose, and powerfully built — a Sail among artists. Ten years ago his figure was rather elegant, in spite of his large feet and hands, which he has caricatured time and again; now he looks a manly, gentlemanly fellow, with a good deal of latent pugilistic ability in him, as is the case. He has but little whisker and his hair has grown thinnish at the top of his head; his aspect is ordinarily serious, his nostril peculiar, rising obliquely and larger than common. He dresses, in general, very plainly and is apt to be careless with respect to his boots; I never knew him to indulge in the dandyism of patent leathers or to appear in any brightly-polished pedal encasements. He is reserved in manner, so much so that to a sanguine person, like myself, it sometimes operates as a check. At the outset and for some years, I detested him heartily and he returned the compliment. In demeanor I never knew a truer gentleman or indeed any one who would bear comparison with him. There’s a spice of aristocracy and

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1860-08-21

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Artists

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