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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 177, August 21, 1860

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Identifier: DX02770179

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 177, August 21, 1860

Description: Describes Frank Bellew.

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164

[Frank] Bellew’s Antecedents.

vanity, falseness and irrationality. He [Bellew] professed dislike of impulsive people and, I think, went to the opposite extreme in his distaste for the quality. In England he had commenced his career as a comic artist in drawing for the Puppet-Show, one of the innumerable attempts at rivalry with Punch. [Paul] Gavarni was on it, Vizitelly [Henry Vizetelly] published and [Henry] Addey (of Momus) had something to do with it. Bellew knew James Hannay, Wilkie Collins and others of that rank. With [William] North he was a schoolfellow. He made [Henry] Clapp’s acquaintance when that little vampire came to England. Bellew’s father [Francis-John Bellew] is an ex-Anglo-Indian officer, he wrote a two volume book entitled the “Adventures of a Griffin” i.e. an East-Indian Johnny Raw or Peter Simple. I remember the name of the book from an Athenaeum review, years ago, and have seen a copy in Bellew’s possession, with illustrations from designs, either by his own pencil or that of the author. He had, too, one number of a projected periodical on Sketches of Character, published, I think by [Thomas] Mc Lean of the Haymarket, with etched figure illustrations by Bellew, as “the Nanny,” the “Irishman” and the like. Only one number was issued. I suppose the family to be

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: Authors
Diaries
Artists

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