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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 79, June 5-9, 1855

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Identifier: DX03871184

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 79, June 5-9, 1855

Description: Describes visiting the National Academy with William Boutcher and Deane to look at new paintings.

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latent horror in it. The Brigade man's face is excellent, (said by Deane (erroneously) to be a portrait of John Leech, the Punch artist;) as are the scrambling, inelegant attitudes of the children. The hot glare of the fire is wonderfully rendered, the mothers figure,) or rather want of it) weak, and indefinite. A large picture of an artist procession by Sir F. Leighton with Giotto, Cimabue, and half a score others, (with Dante looking on in a corner,) is is good. (I was glad to note, in it, a portrait of a Buffalmacco, the jovial painter who cuts such a figure in the Calendrino stories of the Decameron. / [Daniel] Maclise, despite his fine abilities has a thoroughly bad painting on the subject of the wrestling scene in "As you Like It." His Charles is a brutal trunculent monster, utterly incapable of human feeling,) in the play he volunteers cautioning Orlando through Oliver;) his Duke is a scowling ruffian who looks as though ordering his niece and daughter to instant death; the girls are big, handsome, Irish ones, utterly lacking the grace and delicacy of [William] Shakspere's twain, and you look in vain for anything worthy of sweetest Rosalind. Orlando is a melodramatic boy, with hands clasped as though doing sentiment on the verge of plunging off a fathomless abyss; and Touchstone is a leering, greasy-heeled clown. Costume and accessories are all recklessly chosen. "A Mitherless Bairn" is a good Wilkieish picture. "Rane," with a sunset glow on it panorama-ish. [William] Boutcher being not well all off by 2 1/2, trooped into [Thomas] Allom's Office, the old boy and Arthur [Allom] being there. A general hearty invite to Barnes on the Sunday.

[6. Wednesday through 9. Saturday] Out a good deal. Boutcher some thrice at our place, I at his. He has taken the upper rooms above George Clarke’s, removed things there &c.

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1855-06-05

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Art
Exhibitions
Plays
Artists
Diaries

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