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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 35, August 2, 1853

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Identifier: DX04062641

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 35, August 2, 1853

Description: Describes a visit to the Crystal palace in New York, and describes the sculptures and other displays he saw there.

naive and natural you smile to look on’t. The big Washington, equestrian, under the centre of the dome is big and that’s all, it may be grand, but I didn’t find it so. Other statues of various degrees of merit, and demerit. Dillon [Mapother], who with little girl from their Jersey [City] boarding house joined us in entrance, soon paired off with me, and together we rambled about the building. Everywhere something worth of a day’s visit. Pictures, though not very notable. Chemicals in various states, a huge cellular mass of alum, minerals of bright colors. Mechanical and Engineering implements, Scientific inventions innumerable. Any amount of daguerrotypes from various Sun-painters hailing from all parts of the States. [Alfred] Waud’s phiz in [Matthew] Brady’s collection. / And a perfect glut of Lola Montezes. Different woods from British Guina [Guiana/Guyana], & Canada. A birch bark Canoe. Anon we rambled off to where in “France” a piano was being played hand-organ fashion. China ware and glass. Cloths, tapestry and hangings of gorgeous colors. Statuettes, furniture, grates, iron mantle slaps and imitations of na marble, exquisitely done too. [Thomas] De la Rue’s paper & stationary stand, cards displayed, and circles of bright colors to [word crossed out] show their ware. A great cast of Hunter and Bear, a French work. Finely done, but painful to see. The gigantic brute, buttressed on two wide-straddled, enormous legs, had the man in death hug, her monstrous claws horribly indented into his torn back, while with distended and agonized jaws she endeavoured to reach the weapon deeply buried in her own neck. The hunter, feebly endeavouring with his raised right arm to remove that fatal grasp, was evidently

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1853-08-02

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Crystal Palace (New York, N.Y.)
Diaries
Sculpture
Art
Children
Daguerreotype
Canoes and canoeing
Hunting
Bears

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