Wednesday, January 9, 2019

George Peabody

London & South Danvers, 

Nineteen-year-old Winslow Homer illustrated this lively scene showing the celebration for London-based financier George Peabody in South Danvers, Massachusetts in 1856.1,2 Peabody  had returned to his hometown to see the library he recently donated, one of the first of his many contributions to society. In addition to his largess, Peabody helped improve the relationship between the United States and Great Britain which had been in the doldrums since the War of 1812. Charitable giving and diplomatic efforts naturally lead to banquets, both given and received. Seven menus recall significant moments in the life of this great man whose generous initiatives continue to this day.