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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 62, February 15, 1860

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Identifier: DX02868521

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 62, February 15, 1860

Description: Describes a visit to the Athenaeum Club.



The Athenæum Club.

[to]gether. First to Pfaff's, in search of Barry (met [Henry] Clapp descending, as we ascended the steps) then to the Athenæum club in the Fifth Avenue. Nichols, the picture-dealer, there and others, to whom I was introduced. Pictures on exhibition; two landscapes by Rondel and an ugly antique. Oliver Hillard came. Upstairs, cigars, whiskey-punch and talk. Introduced by Nichols to a fearful platitudinarian bore, who talked elaborate, conventional eulogy of Cooper's genius and Indians. "Go with the red man to Nature, to his forests, &c., share his hospitality dissented from all his propositions. Down-stairs to oysters and chicken-salad. Gibbons there. Cassius Clay of Kentucky arrived, much [unclear word] by the Asineums. A most refreshing vein of snobbery, of aristocratic assumption, pretty evident in the demeanor of the young dandies "doing" their club. Didn't see Cass Clay, not caring much about it. With Rondel, Hillard and a Dr. Rice, a friend of the latters to [132] Bleecker street, through the snow drifts and facing the storm. Took 'em all up to [Arthur] Ledger’s room. He had made me promise to drink a glass or two in celebration

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-02-15

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Artists


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