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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 112, May 6-9, 1850

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Identifier: DX09373138

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 112, May 6-9, 1850

Description: Discusses a two-day job making drawings of products for the owner of an Iron Store.


[Jonathan F.] Badeau taketh me to Nassau St, where from him I learn that the job in question is to be done in Brooklyn.

7. Tuesday. Crossing at the Fulton Ferry, met Badeau at 9 by the City Hall; from thence to Court Street, a large Iron Store and Factory; — owner a brisk and business like Yankee. I am set to work to draw on a wood block as many iron-made verandas, window guards brackets &c as will go on — some from big drawings, other from the objects themselves. Iron-clash and tramping above, fire heat and smithy work in the rear — self and a thin clerk yclept Johnson at the opposite sides of a big desk-table situate in a small iron-railed oasis mid the big show room. 1 o’clock and with Clerk Johnson I dine at an upper room in the rear of City Hall, looking out on a formal, wild, trim, fantastic dreary-walked, lively-blossoming garden. Return to store and wood block again, and thus till 6, then [168] Duane-wards.

8. Wednesday. To Brooklyn and Stillwells again, and the day passed as before, save that I ate my self-brought dinner alone. Driven out in the “boss’s” waggon in order to make a sketch of a certain rail window guard. At quitting he inquireth what I would take for steady permanent employ — whereto I reply by stating I will cogitate thereon.

9. Thursday. At work all day on the [Jacob and Joseph] Abbotsian subject, & left it, for them, in the evening. Walk with [Dillon] Mapother, in at the Art Union picture exhibition, also Book Auction.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1850-05-06

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Drawing
Window guards
Books and reading


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