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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.


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


Dates: 1855-06-05

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Art


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