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 on the east side between 66and 75th  Streets, or to Fort Lee, New Jersey. According to the Graphic editors, “Persons familiar with the grounds around New York will recognize the fidelity of the scenery and the reality of the incidents.”

It’s a full day of eating, courting, dancing,  singing, games and sports,   and getting drunk. When it rains, the tired soggy picnickers under their umbrellas return via the 3rd Avenue cars.

Featured Image:  Notice how the picnickers become increasingly rowdy.

See: Claude Tavernier. “The Picnic Season.” The Daily Graphic: An Illustrated Evening Newspaper (June 30, 1873); New Historical Society’s answer to the question “What Was Jones” Wood?”; http://www.nyhistory.org/community/jones-wood

 

Jones’ Wood was an early candidate for the site of Central Park.