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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 15, June 10, 1860

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Identifier: DX02675016

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 15, June 10, 1860

Description: Describes Mary Bilton's physical characteristics.


Her [Mary Bilton’s] Portrait.

and I think her eyelashes were rather fine, if not beautiful. She had an acquiline nose, pretty bold and well-developed, but by no means large or massy. I have never seen such an altogether beautiful mouth as hers in my life — (I pause now to think, and write it confidently) — it was frank, sweet and noble in expression, exquisite in its proportions and symmetry. [Edwin] Landseer, and he only, as far as I know, can draw the exact mouth — it is one of the peculiar excellencies of his pictures. There’s a “Lady and Spaniels” by him, of which I only have seen the popular engraving, always identified by me with Mary Bilton. It is her face, elevated into patrician beauty. She had none not a bit of the air of a high-bred belle, certainly, nor hardly of young lady-hood, as the phrase is popularly understood, though she was always the beauty of her circle, the admired of young fellows and good-natured girls, the object of envy detraction by the envious ones. The last would have called her showy, for she was plump in figure and rather short in stature — what English boys designate “a jolly girl.” She had a splendidly clear complexion, a perfect profile and just a suggestion — a promise of a double chin, about which I used

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-06-10

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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