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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 179, August 21, 1860

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Identifier: DX02771668

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 179, August 21, 1860

Description: Describes Frank Bellew.



His [Frank Bellew’s] talents as a Cariaturist.

good, Irish, allied — (as all Irish families are) to aristocracy and Micawberish in a superior way. Bellew had travelled in Scotland and produced a little shilling book on it, humorous enough in its way. He sailed from Glasgow for New York in 1850, when I well recollect seeing him for the first time, on his calling at [Charles] Anderson’s, in Park Place. As a comic artist, his talents are extraordinary; certainly on this side of the Atlantic unrivalled. I believe that in imagination and fancy he excels [John] Leech, though in correctness of drawing, the “Punch” man is much ahead of him. Bellew has done more comic drawing and of a higher quality than all the rest of us put together; we are all bunglers compared to him. He is amazingly prolific; apparently never in a hurry, he yet got through an immense amount of work. Almost invariably he drew of evenings and far into the night — how many times have I visited him thus and admired the beauty and humor of his conceptions! He was always hospitable, always courteous, even to the veriest bores — unless he had been drinking and then woe to anybody who offended him. He must have earned a great deal of money, sometimes $100 a week, but he was always in debt,

coverage:New York, New York, Cliff Street; Franklin Square; Pearl Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-08-21

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Artists


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