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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 185, August 1860 [newspaper clipping]

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Identifier: DX02776136

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 185, August 1860 [newspaper clipping]

Description: Newspaper clippings relating to Frank Bellew's departure to England with his family on the Devonshire.


MR. FRANK BELLEW, with his wife and family [Catherine and Allie Bellew], sailed for London on the 22d inst., in the clipper ship Devonshire. As a comic artist of rare ability, his talents have, during ten years’ residence in the United States, gained honorable and universal recognition in connection with our illustrated literature. From the days of the Lantern to those of Vanity Fair and Momus, not a humorous publication of any pretensions, but has, at some period, owed its best drawings to his extraordinarily prolific pencil. Mr. Bellew’s social qualities have secured him hosts of friends in literary, artistic, and private life, a select party of whom were present at his embarkation.

[Gunn’s handwriting] World (TC.)

[newspaper clipping] —F. H. Bellew, the artist, sailed for England on Wednesday morning. He has received the appointment of Paymaster to the Militia, the salary attached to which is about $2,000 a year, and the duties of which will not interfere with the pursuit of his artistic labors.

[Gunn’s handwriting] N.Y. Tribune

MR. FRANK BELLEW, the well-known artist and caricaturist, sailed for England on Wednesday last. He was for many years connected with the principal illustrated periodicals in this country, and was certainly surpassed by no one in originality, fertility of invention, and an admirable appreciation of humor and character. He drew for Punch, the Lantern, Young America, Harper’s Weekly, Harper’s Monthly, Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Paper, Nick Nax, the Comic Monthly, Vanity Fair, Momus, besides executing a host of other works in various departments of illustrative art. His signature—a triangle—had become almost an individuality in the eyes of thousands, who only knew him through his works. It will very shortly familiarize itself to the English people in the columns of the London Punch. Mr. BELLEW leaves behind him a magnificent collection of original pen-and-ink drawings, executed by himself, which are well worth the attention of the lovers of art. They are on exhibition at SCHAUS’ picture store, in Broadway, and will be disposed of by lottery on or about the first of September. Further particulars may be learned by application to J. R. HAMILTON, architect, 635 Broadway.

[Gunn’s handwriting] (Home Journal)

[newspaper clipping]

TRIANGLE GONE IN A DIRECT LINE.—Frank Bellew the clever artist and one of the readiest of all who put humor into visible form, has sailed for England, where he has gone to get a nice little office under the English government. It is to be hoped that its duties will not prevent the drawing of his old American life. If Punch were to get him to touch up American subjects it would not make the funny blunder of representing a Southern planter in New York, engaged in “whopping a nigger.x There are those of his class who possess greater artistic accuracy, but in humor, in imagination and fancy, in invention, the power of seeing a subject in innumerable grotesque lights and producing it in a striking and effective manner, in love and delicate perception of the beautiful he was unrivalled. His labors were extraordinary; probably he produced more purely comic work than the rest of his artistic brethren put together. He had used his pen, too, in eomic journalism, but only secondary to his prolific pencil.

[Gunn’s handwriting] Courier. (x Dunn English.) TC

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-08

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: New York World

Subjects: Artists


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