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Good Enough to Eat: Thanksgiving Menu by George Burr
November 25, 2008

Thanksgiving menu

Thanksgiving Menu by George Elbert Burr

George Elbert Burr worked as an illustrator for several magazines including Harper's, Cosmopolitan, and something called Frank Leslie's Weekly Newspaper. (Winslow Homer illustrated for the paper as well; three examples of his work for Leslie are in SAAM's collection). Burr created this menu for a Thanksgiving dinner in 1905 that included consomme, English plum pudding, charlotte russe (a dessert of cream and ladyfingers), and of course, the turkey, illustrated here in a simple pen and ink and watercolor drawing. More than one hundred years later, the menu—as well as the drawing—holds its own.

Born in Ohio in 1859, Burr died in Arizona in 1939. In addition to this drawing, SAAM's collection contains nearly three hundred works by Burr. They range from moody aquatints of the American southwest to watercolors sketched on a grand tour of Europe.

Holiday Note: After you've completed your own Thanksgiving menu and want to walk off some of those extra calories come on down to SAAM. We're open from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.

Posted by Howard on November 25, 2008 in American Art Here


That's a great find! It's kind of humbling to see that the Thanksgiving tradition has remained so strong over the years.

Yes, I was glad to find this and use it as our Thanksgiving card! The museum is filled with such treasures and I hope to uncover more as we continue. Thanks for the note.

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