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System Number: 06866
Date: 6 January [1876][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: [none]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W855
Document Type: ADS[2]

Jan. 6 -

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Potage à l'estragon [3]-
	Agourtzies -
Filets de Turbot -
	Quenelles de Lièvre
Côtelettes de Mouton, purée d'Or - Champ[ignons]
	Faisan -
		Salade de Celeri -
Patisserie -
Café -

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1.  6 January [1876]
In his diary, Alan Summerly Cole (1846-1934), textile expert and museum official [more], records dining with JW on 6 January 1876: 'With my father and mother to dine at Whistler's. Mrs. Montiori, Mrs. Stansfield and Gee there. My father on the innate desire or ambition of some men to be creators, either physical or mental. Whistler considered art had reached a climax with Japanese and Velasquez. He had to admit natural instinct and influence - and the ceaseless changing in all things.' (Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, vol. 1, p. 189.) In addition to Alan Cole, JW's guests included Sir Henry ('King') Cole (1808-1882), civil servant and museum director [more]; Horace Jee, musician, JW's occasional secretary [more].

2.  ADS
The paper, with the watermark 'otmk', is the same as that of an identical menu of the same date (#06867): the dinner party apparently required at least two hand-written menus.

3.  potage à l'estragon
The menu, written in French, consisted of Tarragon soup, pickles, turbot, hare meatballs, mutton cutlets with a gold purée (perhaps carrots), mushrooms, pheasant, celery salad, pastries and coffee.