Samuel Pepys’ “Frolique” is a Picnic

Samuel Pepys’ “Frolique” is a Picnic

Samuel Pepys’ “frolique” is our picnic was a favorite way for him to spend an afternoon with friends idling. We know this from his Diary, a frank glimpse of his personal and professional lives, begun when he was thirty-seven, and continued for the next decade. Among...
Vargas Ilosa Turns Picnic Topsy-Turvy

Vargas Ilosa Turns Picnic Topsy-Turvy

According to expectation, Don Rigoberto assumes a picnic is always happy. However, the hero of Mario Vargas Llosa’s Don Rigoberto’s Note Books stretches his imagination not to believe otherwise.   Having endured deep family and personal stress, Rigoberto tries...
Churchill on the Rhine

Churchill on the Rhine

Winston Churchill, England’s Prime Minister picnicked in Holland on the west bank of the Rhine River with Gen. Bernard Montgomery, and Field Marshall Alan Brooke (February, 1945). Allied armies had already crossed the Rhine and invaded Germany, and though the area was...
Rowlandson’s Pleasant Outing, circa 1790

Rowlandson’s Pleasant Outing, circa 1790

When Lord Chesterfield used the word “picnic,” he understood that it was an indoor salon gathering. There was no English word for an alfresco luncheon, as we know them now. So when Thomas Rowlandson included an alfresco luncheon among his catalog of everyday life...
Arthur Rackham’s Ratty and Mole on the Riverbank

Arthur Rackham’s Ratty and Mole on the Riverbank

While Arthur Rackham was dying of cancer,  he persevered completing the series twelve scenes for The Wind in the Willows. it’s purported that his final design was Rat struggling under the weight of his “fat, wicker luncheon-basket.”  I’ve not found hard...