A bright, richly detailed image of the famous Verandah Grill dining room of the Cunard ship Queen Mary, featuring a distinguished couple being greeted tableside by the Chef and Maître'd. With the mood set by a window looking out onto the water's wake to a charming foreground inset of what is clearly Bemelmans' own hand sketching the gentleman's profile on his menu, the painting showcases the artist's characteristically favorite themes of food, colorful characters, and travel. "The original Verandah Grills were exclusively reserved for First Class guests and were considered the most exclusive dining rooms at sea, on par with esteemed private clubs in London, New York and Paris. The restaurants offered a truly exclusive experience, as well as extra privacy for the rich and famous, including frequent Hollywood stars and royal visitors such as: Winston Churchill, Fred Astaire, Charlie Chaplin, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo and Elizabeth Taylor"--Cunard.com.
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