The menu for supper at the Adelaide Town Hall, July 1920, one of the civic celebrations organised during the visit of His Royal Highness, Edward, the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII). Victor COBB.
The menu for supper at the Adelaide Town Hall, July 1920, one of the civic celebrations organised during the visit of His Royal Highness, Edward, the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII)

The menu for supper at the Adelaide Town Hall, July 1920, one of the civic celebrations organised during the visit of His Royal Highness, Edward, the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII)

It is a most lavish production, comprising a very large sheet of deckle-edged card (300 × 255 mm), with the city's coat-of-arms printed in gilt at the head and the bill of fare occupying the bottom half. Tipped in on the top portion is a large title-etching ('Supper. Menu', 105 × 107 mm image size, on deckle-edged paper 150 × 205 mm), printed in brown ink, signed and numbered in pencil below the image by the artist Victor Cobb, and signed and dated 1920 by him in the image. It features a porthole vignette of HMS 'Renown' under the Southern Cross behind a still life of stuffed turkey, wine and fruit, with the city's coat-of-arms nestling behind a large floral garland. Offered with the engraved invitation to the Royal Ball at the Adelaide Town Hall, 14 July 1920. It is of a similar format, comprising a very large sheet of deckle-edged card (390 × 255 mm), with the city's coat-of-arms printed in gilt at the head, with the caption 'To have the Honour of Meeting His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, K.G.' at the top and the formal invitation from the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress at the bottom. Tipped in on the bulk of the card is a large title-etching ('Come and be merry. Adelaide, 1920. The Ball', 203 × 140 mm image size, on deckle-edged paper 270 × 205 mm), printed in brown ink, signed and numbered in pencil below the image by the artist Victor Cobb, and signed and dated 1920 by him in the image. It features kookaburras in a gum tree, the state emblem and the Prince of Wales's Feathers ... you can probably guess the rest ... A sheet of opaque textured paper, tipped in at the head of the verso, acts as a protective overlay to the invitation; it has a few trifling blemishes to the edges. A printed note (95 × 145 mm) regarding rules for acceptance of the invitation is still present (visible from the front but tipped in on the verso). [2 items].

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