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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 95, June 17, 1855

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Identifier: DX03890562

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 95, June 17, 1855

Description: Describes a visit to Napoleon's tomb and the Palais d’Industrie in Paris.


and color, simulating "visible glory" resting on his [Napoleon's] tomb. Many flags hang along the walls, but as Edenshaw said "only one English!" There are paintings in the Church, and a wax image of a dead Christ in a sort of glass case, before which women were praying the figure was revoltingly suggestive of the dissecting room. Over the river to the Palais d'Industrie, after a brief visit to the Champ de Mars, memorable in history. The [Crystal] Palace is a spacious finish building of stone and glass, but nowise comparable with the Sydenham one, nor so pretty as the luckless New York edifice, the failure of which it will rival. It has no transepts, and many parts are still unoccupied and unfinished. Sunday being a four sous day, the building was pretty well crowded. Many of the stalls were fine, and the general effect lively. In the rear is a sort of exposition of the Unadmitted, entrance free, with stalls and other attractions, but whole rows here are untenanted. Another "Galerie des Beaux Arts," contains pictures and sculpture. English painters show very well, as do the noble works of Horace Vernet, with which I was glad to make better acquaintance than through the medium of prints and lithographs. The Champs Elysees were all alive, open concerts, (wherein some half dozen gaily dressed women sit en goddess on a raised stage, under a canopy, and sing alternately,) swings, shows, merry go-rounds, air-boats, tumblers &c were in active operation, despite dullish weather and threatening rain. We dined at a Palais Royal restaurant, amid some thirty other groups, took a stroll and a smoke, looked in toy shops, picture shops, print shops &c, and then to our hotel; subsequently to a dancing place near the Lux-

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-06-17

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Crystal Palace (New York, N.Y.)
Crystal Palace (Sydenham, London, England)


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