Cocktails with a Curator: Whistler’s Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac

July 16, 2021

In the final episode of Cocktails with a Curator, Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator Xavier F. Salomon bids audiences farewell with a discussion of Arrangement in Black and Gold: Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac by James McNeill Whistler, the best-represented artist at the Frick with twenty works in the collection. Whistler met the eccentric poet and aristocrat depicted in the painting in 1885, and they soon become fast friends, with Montesquiou sitting for the portrait in 1891–92, making it the most modern work on display at Frick Madison. This week’s complementary cocktail is the Black Manhattan, a spin-off of the cocktail from the very first episode of Cocktails with a Curator. Xavier, Aimee, and Giulio extend their thanks to all those who made this program possible and, of course, to you, the viewers—cheers!

This episode of Cocktails with a Curator is underwritten by First Republic Bank.

Cocktail Recipe

Black Manhattan
2 oz. Rye Whiskey
1 oz. Amaro
dash of Angostura Bitters
garnish with Maraschino Cherry

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

Mocktail Recipe

Black Tea Sour
2 oz. iced black tea
3/4 oz. lemon juice
1/4 simple syrup
serve on ice


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