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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 36, August 2, 1853

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Identifier: DX04063542

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 36, August 2, 1853

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

overpowered. / We remained in the building all day, taking a substitute for dinner in the refreshment room, in the shape of cold ham, soda-water and Ice-creams. The suits of antique armour from the Tower don’t appear to advantage, being perched up on brackets by the galleries, — dwarfing them considerably. [Bertel] Thorwaldsens Savior and the Twelve Apostles, (Paul being substituted for Judas, by the by. These figures, larger than life, are grandly beautiful, Peter’s head particularly fine, and John’s divine. But I question the propriety of making the Savior some three feet or so higher than the rest.

It appears like the acknowledgment that the Sculptor could not represent the divine superiority bit by a vulgar physical standard. It dwarfs the two apostles nighest him, also.) The Galleries have many attractions. Much porcelain, statuettes bijoutrie, and fancy works there. And many places yet unfilled. I can scarcely touch on a hundredth part of the things note worthy, but must expend mayy [many] a 50 cent piece, ere I exhaust the Crystal Palace of New York. ‘Tis a proud thing to think, that of all that is beautiful to see, ingenious in plan and use, each seperate item was once a filmy idea floating in some projector’s brain. There it is, the true soul of all, Mans wit, skill, and labor. / The effect of the building, seem from the galleries circling the dome is very beautiful, bright red and blue colours, the glass walls, and multitudinous objects around produce a scene excelling aught conceivable in the Bazaar way.

Left by 5, and Mr [Henry] Hart & I rode back, Dillon [Mapother] & the little girl tarrying to ascend the Lattneg tower adjacent

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
Food
Ice cream, ices, etc.
Tower of London (London, England)
Armor

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