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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 66, September 16, 1856

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Identifier: DX03676628

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 66, September 16, 1856

Description: Describes Sol Eytinge's appearance and characteristics.


divorce from her [Allie Vernon]. I believe he [Lemuel Covell] is a green young man who was put into business by friends or relatives, and made a comparative failure, whereupon Allie — like a true New York woman — despised him. They took a handsome house in Bleecker Street, and let rooms, but were swindled by their lodgers — so Allie said. So Sol Eytinge is [John] Watson's successor — eheu? I will, here, put down what I know of him, having promised myself heretofore to pen-photograph him. Personally he's a tall, handsome fellow, with an acquiline nose, brown hair, pretty clear complexion, no beard or whisker, and but a hint of moustache — despite assiduous cultivation. His forehead is not high but broadish, and when he's "knocked" — (subjetject to the blues or recovering from a debauch) he looks as though he’s none. (I recollect W Waud, in one of their slanging bouts calling him a "b__y cat-headed b___".) He has extraordinary ability with his pencil, but is an in-[word crossed out]corrigible loafer and spendthrift. He makes innumerable unfinished sketches, hates little details, and will crimp anybody to whiten blocks for him — enduring a bad facing rather than do a better himself. He has a great liking for opera music, which he imitates vocally, having a very fine voice. He has a constant craving for excitement, has lived very fast and drank himself at one period into delirium tremens. This followed his separation from an educated and accomplished woman, for with whom he had an adulterous intimacy — which affair, — judging from Alf Waud's few details

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1856-09-16

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
19th century
Drinking of alcoholic beverages
Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)


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