A handwritten and illustrated menu for a dinner held by a group of traveling American artists in honor of what would have been the 44th birthday of Spanish painter Mariano Fortuny (Fortuny died 8 years prior). Note in purple ink on top left of cover reads "June 9th 1838" (Fortuny's birthday as according to Robert Blum, one of the organizers of the event). A drawing of a sailor is underneath. The remainder of the cover reads "Menu of ye 7 painter fellers & one literary cuss on ye good ship Pennland, June 9th, 1882." Back of menu has a row of signatures in pencil: F.H. Lungren; Robt. Blum; A.A. Anderson; [illegible, possibly Mr. Sevy?]; Carroll Beckwith; Fred P. Vinton; C.C. Buel; Arthur Quartley. Beneath signatures is a drawing of a palette with the word "Fortuny" on it.
Mariano Fortuny birthday dinner menu, 1882 June 9. Miscellaneous manuscripts collection. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
U.S. public domain
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution Washington, D.C. 20560