Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The Charitable George Peabody

London & Peabody, 

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  returned to his hometown to dedicate the library he had recently donated. Besides his philanthropy, Peabody played a role in improving the relationship between the United States and Great Britain, which had been in the doldrums since the War of 1812. His charitable giving and diplomatic efforts naturally lead to banquets, both in his honor and as gestures of appreciation. A selection of menus recalls key moments in the public life of this great man, whose philanthropic legacy continues to benefit society.