The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 06883
Date: 25 March [1876][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: [none]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W872
Document Type: ADS[2]

March 25-

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Potage[3] printanier, aux quenelles -
  Macquereau, sur grille, sauce Whistler
   Kramouskis- aux huitres -
Cotelettes de Mouton, purée d'Or -
	Biftecke à la Parisienne -
		Canards Sauvages -
			Aspic de celeri -
	Petite patisserie -
		Omelette au Rhum -
Café -

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1.  25 March [1876]
This dinner was recorded in the diary of A. S. Cole on 12 March 1876: 'Round to Whistler's to dine. Mrs Leyland and Mrs Galsworthy, and others.' Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, I, p. 189. The lavish meal was designed to impress his fashionable patrons, Alan Summerly Cole (1846-1934), textile expert and museum official [more], Frances Leyland (1836-1910), née Dawson [more], Isabel Marion Galsworthy (1841-1903), née Watson, wife of F. T. Galsworthy [more].

2.  ADS
Written in ink. #06882, #06883, #06888, #06889, #06890 and #06892 are on similar wove paper with watermark of a crest and `Antique / Parchment / Note Paper'.

3.  Potage
The menu, written in French, consisted of soup garnished with vegetables, grilled mackerel with JW's own sauce, oyster savouries, mutton cutlets with a golden purée (probably turnips), beefsteak in the Parisian manner, wild duck, celery in aspic, little pastries, omelette with rum, and coffee.