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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 82, April 22, 1851

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Identifier: DX01010062

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 82, April 22, 1851

Description: Gives his thoughts on Alfred Waud's departure for Boston.

Transcription:

Dined. Young Pelham Anderson called, and out with Alf [Waud] and myself to Chatham Street, with intent to have Alf’s derogatory-type. Lewis place full of people awaiting his leisure, so we quitted, Pelham having before left us.

To Del Vecchio’s Alf’s boss, and there waiting, desutory [desultory] looking in at the Art Union shop for an hour or so, at the conclusion of which time he got panel.

Back to [177] Canal, hurrying up his things and off to the boat. I carrying his easel &c he a big box. Arrived at Courtlandt, on board, see his traps in the baggage crate and good bye to him. I sate at the end of the pier gazing at him, in his tall newly purchased “plug,” till the tolling of bells ceased and the great vessel moved out into the sparkling water and glorious sunset, and then sadder than I had thought walked thoughtfully back along the North River margin. A frank cheerily-hearted fellow is he, worth a hemisphere of Charley Brown’s. There’s truth in him. And here I sit, all alone in the room we occupied together, not over well content at missing him; — he out on the waters of the “Sound” with thoughts anticipatory of the Bay State and what he’ll do there. Returned, and the evening partly occupied in writing a letter for the Irish girl here for her mother and family. Simple, kindly folk, are emigrates, toils till she can send money for the passage of another till all are where they can live by labour. / Saw Albert Brown during the afternoon; — the first time since his sickness; — horribly disfigured is he with the small pox, yet stout and apparently healthy. /

At the Art Union this Afternoon was a picture worth remembering. I saw it for the second time, as I recall it as being at the Picture Exhibition I visited with [Joseph W.] Morse, over a year ago. Called by the painter a “Vision,” it was strangely horrific, — a Vision that we might have after reading Dante. The foreshortened figure of a man swinging in the links of a huge chain, the upper part of which was begnown by a great serpent. Below and around him, even to the distance were murky black waves, with here and

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1851-04-22

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Daguerreotype
Diseases
Diaries
Immigrants
Irish
Artists
Women
Working class women
Smallpox
Art

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