Cocktails with a Curator

Upcoming YouTube Episode(s)

Lawrence’s Lady Peel
Aimee Ng, Curator
Friday, December 4, 5:00 p.m.

In this week’s episode of Cocktails with a Curator, Curator Aimee Ng explores the history behind Sir Thomas Lawrence’s celebrated portrait of Julia, Lady Peel. When it was shown at the Royal Academy, in 1827, this painting was hailed as Sir Thomas’s greatest portrait—and one of the great works of modern art at the time. It’s easy to see why: the sitter projects authority, confidence, and ease despite her flamboyant, over-the-top outfit. Sir Thomas's depiction of Lady Peel is closely related to Peter Paul Rubens’s famous Chapeau de Paille, which had recently entered the collection of her husband, Sir Robert Peel. In recognition of the lavish bracelets and rings worn by the sitter, this week’s complementary cocktail is the Bijou (French for “jewel”).

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oil painting of woman with red plume hat

Julia, Lady Peel

Cocktail Recipe

1 1/2 oz. Gin
3/4 oz. Green Chartreuse
1 oz. Sweet Vermouth
2 Dashes orange bitters
Stir with ice and strain into a chilled glass

Audiences under 21 are encouraged to join with a non-alcoholic drink.


Equal parts sparkling water and blood orange juice
Garnished with mint

About the YouTube Series: Cocktails with a Curator

The Frick is concocting the perfect mix of cocktails and art. Every Friday at 5:00 p.m., join us for happy hour as a Frick curator (remotely) offers insights on a work of art with a complementary cocktail. Bring your own beverage to this virtual event.

Audiences under 21 are encouraged to join with a non-alcoholic drink.

Video recordings are available on our website, and YouTube.

"Cocktails with a Curator" Series Image: Jean-Siméon Chardin (1699–1779), Still Life with Plums (detail), ca. 1730. Oil on canvas (lined), 17 3/4 x 19 3/4 in. (45.1 x 50.2 cm). The Frick Collection, New York.

Virtual programs have been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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