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Description found in Archives
August 29, 1838
Place of creation
No place, unknown, or undetermined
Support: 23.000 x 17.000 cm
Secondary support: 22.500 x 31.700 cm (irregular)
Scope and content
A view of the dining table at an inn in Catskill, New York dated August 29, 1838. Seated at the table are members of Mrs. Ellice's family, including her sister, Tina, (Miss Eglantine Balfour), her brother, Charles Balfour, and her husband, Edward Ellice Jr. The guests are being served by black waiters and waitresses. Mrs. Ellice refers to one of them in her diary on August 29:
"We were much amused by the antics of one of the Black waiters who flourished the dishes over our heads in a most alarming manner." (Canada: Oberon, 1975. p. 82).
Watercolour removed from album. This work was originally glued to a secondary support. The album page, folio 20, was cut to frame the image that was glued to its verso. Original mount attached separately.
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Copy negative C-013388
A069-01 Item no. assigned by LAC 20
1990-215 X DAP
Credit: Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1990-215-20R
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Signatures and inscriptions
Inscription: in pen and brown ink recto l.r.: Table d'hote. August. 29 [^th]. Catskill.;
Inscription: in pen and brown ink, on mount recto t.: No 18 ; in pen and black ink on mount recto l.l.: Charles/Balfour/R.N./Mr./Edward/Ellice/Jr./M[^rs.]/Edward/Ellice./(sister of Miss/E. Balfour); in pen and black ink, written in a different hand, on mount recto l.c.: p 240
3. SUBJ - SERVICES - ACCOMMODATION, INNS.
4. SUBJ - NEGROES.
5. SUBJ - SPORTS & AMUSEMENTS, BANQUETS & DINNERS.
6. Balfour, Charles, ca. 1838.
7. Balfour, Eglantine, ca. 1838.
8. Ellice, Edward, 1810-1880.
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