[New York]: 1924. 1st Printing. SIGNED by the Ambassador. Broadside, with a 'plate' impression applied. Image of Howard, with credits & accomplishments listed underneath, as well as the evening's menu. Graphics by Chas. Sindelar [signed in the plate]. 18" x 13". Now housed in an archival mylar sleeve. A bit of age-toning. Some modest edgewear, and light soiling in margins. A VG copy. Item #48909
"Esmé William Howard, 1st Baron Howard of Penrith, GCB, GCMG, CVO, PC was a British diplomat. He served as British Ambassador to the United States between 1924 and 1930. He was one of Britain's most influential diplomats of the early part of the twentieth century. With a gift for languages and a skilled diplomat, Howard is described in his biography as an integral member of the small group of men who made and implemented British foreign policy between 1900 and 1930, a critical transitional period in Britain's history as a world power." [Wiki].
"The Lotos Club was founded in 1870 as a gentlemen's club in New York City; it has since also admitted women as members. Its founders were primarily a young group of writers and critics. Mark Twain, an early member, called it the 'Ace of Clubs'. The Club took its name from the poem 'The Lotos-Eaters' by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, which was then very popular. Lotos was thought to convey an idea of rest and harmony. ... The Lotos Club has always had a literary and artistic bent, with the result that it has accumulated a noted collection of American paintings. Its 'State Dinners' are legendary fetes for scholars, artists and sculptors, collectors and connoisseurs, writers and journalists, and politicians and diplomats. Elaborate souvenir menus are produced for these dinners." [Wiki]
"Charles Sindelar was an American illustrator and painter, who in later life focused on religious art. Sindelar established a reputation for himself in graphic design and illustration during the first quarter of the 20th century through his favourably reviewed creation of a number of menu cover designs produced for a series of events referred to as the Lotos Club dinners, in New York City. The guest lists for the events included four U.S. presidents and other notables of the time, including writer Mark Twain. Sindelar's covers incorporated a likeness of the celebrity who was being feted at the event, accompanied by intricate detailing." [Wiki]
And here offered is one of these Sindelar-designed souvenir dinner menus printed for the fete honoring Farrand, not too long after accepting the Cornell position.