Bouguereau at the Hoffman House
Nymphs and Satyr spent twenty years hanging opposite the bar of New York City's Hoffman House Hotel.This colored lithograph of the period gives a sense of how the painting was displayed. The painting was shown beneath a red velvet canopy in the hotel’s bar, where ladies were only permitted once a week. It attracted countless curious visitors, among them William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody, Ulysses S. Grant, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and Sterling Clark. From such surroundings, its image eventually migrated to cigar boxes, matchboxes, plates, urns, and even bathroom tiles. By the 1890s, Bouguereau's masterpiece had reached iconic status, inspiring caricaturists.
. Print mount identifies the printmaker as H. A. Thompson & Wylie. Created March 1890. Downloaded from the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog.