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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 72, October 23, 1860

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Identifier: DX01330858

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 72, October 23, 1860

Description: Describes a portrait of Thomas Nast.



Another Procession. [John] Nicholas.

is Tommy [Nast]’s wont, a fancy sketch of himself in that capacity. As the girls [Sally, Matty, and Eliza Edwards] wrote notelets to him, he responded in similar proportions. Matty’s and Sally’s, which I saw, are penned in the scrimpiest, most niggling of chirography, boyish and iterative to the last degree and ill-spelled. His portrait represents him in volunteer costume, a loose shirt (red flannel probably) and trousers, gaiters a la Zouave and mandarin cap, a la Anglais. As far as could be judged from the small size of the countenance, Nast is much improved, grown more manly, his nose defined, his whiskers sprouting. Enough of him for the present. We were all upstairs, at the door, or in the shop front during the next hour or two, [Jesse] Haney in one window, mostly with Mrs. [Saraj] Edwards, Anne [Edwards], her elderly beau, [William] King in the other, and sometimes George [Edwards, Jr.], the girls on the top-step of the door, with Nichols (next to Sally) Mort. Brown, Polhemus, and occasionally myself. Nichols is a goodlooking fellow, with dark hair and a moustache, and generally impresses one favorably. Sally, got up handsome, and looking so, with orange-colored opera cloak and bare-headed, was following up her conquest in an artless manner. I viewed the spectacle from sundry points. It was a long procession, led by [Isaiah] Rynders, boyish, raffish,

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-10-23

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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