George Elbert Burr
Pen and ink and watercolor on paper; 1905
Smithsonian American Art Museum
A typical thanksgiving meal in 1905 including: consommé, French peas, charlotte russe, and for dessert nuts, raisins, crystallized ginger, and ‘confections’. This menu was created a little over a hundred years ago by George Elbert Burr, an illustrator who became one of the most talented early 20th century American etchers, and gives us a glimpse on how much the annual traditional meal has changed over the years. Despite all the change, Thanksgiving has always been a time to be thankful for what we have. I am thankful for my time in Washington DC and the opportunity to intern for The Smithsonian Associate’s studio arts program.
Happy Thanksgiving from TSA studio arts!