“The Picnic Season” at Jones’ Wood for The Daily Graphic

“The Picnic Season” at Jones’ Wood for The Daily Graphic

Claude Tavernier’s  “The Picnic Season,” a cover for The Daily Graphic (1873) depicts a picnic excursion up the Hudson River. It’s a narrative that begins as picnickers board a steamer from Jones Wood, a popular commercial picnic ground in northern Manhattan (an area...
Elizabeth Craven’s poem “What is a Pic Nic?”

Elizabeth Craven’s poem “What is a Pic Nic?”

From 1780-1820, “Dilettanti” or amateur theater aficionados organized theater groups. Among the most passionate, Louise Craven, Margravine of Ansbach, who wrote plays, produced and acted in them, persuaded her doting husband the Margrave of Ansbach to build her a...
“The Pic-Nic” Song

“The Pic-Nic” Song

Corny picnic satire was long in vogue in the English music before Gilbert and Sullivan’s Thespis, or The Gods Grown Old premiered in 1871. [Posted elsewhere on PicnicWit.Com] “The Pic-Nic” an 1829 song (sung to the air of “Here’s the Maiden of Bashful Fifteen,” from...
Gustave Courbet’s  Le Repas de Chasse

Gustave Courbet’s Le Repas de Chasse

Courbet hugely enjoyed the hunt, and at the center of Le Repas de Chasse, he painted himself nearly life-size. Believing himself an embodiment of the hunter, who he considered embodying the spirit of liberty, “un homme libre,” he was proud of his skill, once bragging...
Hawthorne’s Farmers’ Lunch in The Blithedale Romance

Hawthorne’s Farmers’ Lunch in The Blithedale Romance

Hawthorne’s The Blithedale Romance is story of Blithedale, a communal farm, at where Mile Coverdale and Charles Hollingsworth vie for the affection of Priscilla, an ethereal waif as she seems to float rather than walk on the ground. One of Frederick Townsend’s...
Rothrock’s May Day with Suguaro

Rothrock’s May Day with Suguaro

It was probably 90 degrees on May 1 when soldiers and their families posed for George Rothrock in the desert outside of Fort McDowell, Arizona. Featured Image:  George Rothrock. May Day Picnic at Fort McDowell, Arizona, May 1, 1877c. See: Jeremy Rowe. “George...
Dumas’ Musketeers picnic on the battlefield

Dumas’ Musketeers picnic on the battlefield

Among picnics on the battlefield the déjeuner sur l’herbe in The Three Musketeers sets the pattern for sardonic humor. It’s meant as yet another instance of the Musketeers’ bravado, but Alexandre Dumas and Auguste Maquet (his co-author) add comic relief to the serious...
Effi Briest’s Breasts

Effi Briest’s Breasts

Proving that picnics and love are a natural combination, the plot of Theodor Fontane’s Effi Briest hinges on a beach-picnic love affair. At first, it’s a recreational outing for Effi Briest, her husband, Geert von Innstettin, and a friend, Major von Crampas. But when...