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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 100, June 19-20, 1855

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Identifier: DX03894973

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 100, June 19-20, 1855

Description: Describes a visit to Versailles in France.

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great unfinished picture of his, its subject doubtful, only the heads of the men of the Revolution painted in. In the evening to a “Cafe chansant” with Edenshaw, where was singing, both male and female, and a comic French nigger. A stroll about St Denis, and in the “Galeries varieties” till 11, then to quarters.

20. Wednesday. [Louis] Perret vouchsafing to pilot us, we start for Versailles, he being enveloped in a water-proof overcoat, and bearing an umbrella. It is a railroad trip, and we have a breezy journey on the top of the cars, (where smoking is allowed;) through Sevres, and distinguishing St Cloud on the right. It is a March day out of place. Arrived at the palace, (of the exterior of which I shall say nothing,) we plunge into its ten miles of paintings. France has here, I suppose, the noblest historical Gallery in the world, both of events and portraits. From dim old Gaulish kings to him of the barricades; from the Cascades to the storming of Constantine in Algerian warfare, all are here nobly chronicled by painters of the highest merit. In certain rooms how omnipresent are Louis XIV and XV, with their courtiers, generals, and troops of harlots! The magnificence and luxury of that fester of pride, the “Grand Monarque,” was surely scarcely equaled by the tyrants of old Rome. No human being was ever more thoroughly deified than he. Talk of the “horrors” of the French Revolution! why there was not one thousandth part of the sin and wrong in them, compared with the spectacle of this omnipotent, wretch in all his ‘glory.’ [Maximilien] Robespierre, — [Jean Paul] Marat were saints compared with him. They did believe,

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1855-06-19

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Art
French Revolution
Diaries
Louvre (Paris, France)
Travel

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