"Chops and Tomato Sauce" as prepared for Samuel Pickwick, ca. 1890

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"Chops and Tomato Sauce" as prepared for Samuel Pickwick,  ca. 1890
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The title for this small booklet "Chops and Tomato Sauce" is a literary allusion to Charles Dickens' "The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club," also known as "The Pickwick Papers." In The Pickwick Papers, Samuel Pickwick was sued by his landlady, Mrs. Bardell, for breach of promise, after she mistakenly believed he proposed to her.

In chapter 34 of "The Pickwick Papers," the plaintiff's lawyer, Mr. Buzfuz, entered two letters into evidence against Mr. Pickwick, one which read "Garraway's, twelve o'clock. Dear Mrs. B - Chops and Tomata [sic] sauce. Yours, Pickwick." The lawyer went on to make assumptions about the suggestive nature of such a line.

In addition to "Chops and Tomato Sauce," the recipe booklet includes recipes for a "Cream Sauce for Croquettes and Patties", a "Bread Sauce for Game", a "Hollandaise Sauce for Fish or Cauliflower" and a "Horseradish Sauce, Hot for Beef." While the recipes were printed, the cover of the book was hand-drawn by an unknown artist. The reverse of the booklet includes a small hand-drawn table place setting for one.

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  • Title: "Chops and Tomato Sauce" as prepared for Samuel Pickwick, ca. 1890
  • Creation Date: circa 1890
  • Subject Date: circa 1890
  • State: ME
  • Media: Watercolor, ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 15 cm x 13 cm
  • Local Code: M577-12-B
  • Object Type: Text and Image

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