The Savoy, London, New Year’s Eve 1921 - Edmund Dulac
This stunning Savoy menu was designed by Edmund Dulac (1882-1953). Born in France, he became a naturalised British citizen, and one of the foremost illustrators of the early 20th century.
His credits include books including Jane Eyre and The Arabian Nights, magazines such as Pall Mall, stamps and bank notes. He often used his partner, the writer Helen Beauclerk, as a model for his work – and we think this is the case for this menu.
The Savoy Hotel was built by the impresario Richard D'Oyly Carte with profits from his Gilbert and Sullivan opera productions; it opened on 6 August 1889. The Savoy was the first luxury hotel in Britain, introducing electric lights throughout the building, electric lifts, bathrooms in most of the lavishly furnished rooms, constant hot and cold running water, and many other innovations.
Carte hired César Ritz as manager and Auguste Escoffier as chef de cuisine; they established an unprecedented standard of quality in hotel service, entertainment and elegant dining, attracting royalty and other rich and powerful guests and diners.
Courtesy Private Collection.
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