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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 37, March 20-21, 1855

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Identifier: DX03834322

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 37, March 20-21, 1855

Description: Describes an evening spent with George Clarke, Will Waud, Harvey Smith, and others.


20. Tuesday. By invitation to George Clarke’s in the evening, where presently arrived Will Waud, Snell, (one of the Danthornian pupils in the days when Alf Waud visited there,) Harvey Smith, engraver on wood, and son to Orrin Smith; and one erect sitting gentleman whose name I don’t remember. We smoked, drank very moderately, talked of art, artists, engravings, the London News, and the like. Smith is, but for a slight cast in one eye, every way suggestive of [John] Leech’s handsome swells in “Punch,” has a black artistic moustache, and hair ruffled with a careful carelessness. Also he assumes a blase, knows everything, been-through-everything-and-come-out-on-the-other-side air peculiar to his class of Englishman. He’s one of the “unattached” wood peckers of the Illustrated [London] News, and of course knows everybody in that way. Leech, he says, dwelt in the house of his father for some years. John Timbs is “News” Editor now, [Charles] Mackay, the good-time-coming song grinder has gone to the East, there to collect materials for book-making or correspondence. We supped, together all, Clarke having provided a beef steak pie, and broke up about midnight, I parting with Will Waud and Smith at Trinity Square.

21. Wednesday. “Day of Fast and General Humiliation,” — or so decreed by Government, (this indirectly criminating the Almighty with the infliction of disasters consequent on wholesale bungling.) Wrote to Hannah [Bennett]. Then, according to invitation, set off with Charley [Gunn] for a visit to the Chinners, taking omnibus at Bishopgate, and thus to Stoke Newington. It was a cold, sunny day, pleasant too. They were hospitable enough, gave us a decent dinner, and port wine, Miss [Mary Anne] Chinner talked to Charley, and the old man [Amos Chinner] talked at me. He ram-

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-03-20

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Engravers


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