David Grim (1737–1826)

Federal Banquet Pavilion in 1788, New York City, after 1788

Watercolor, graphite, and black ink on paper folded several times
New-York Historical Society Museum, Gift of Sophia Minton, granddaughter of the artist, 1864.17

On July 23, 1788, more than 5,000 people marched in a procession to celebrate the ratification of the Constitution by ten states. (New York had not yet ratified.) When the marchers reached Nicholas Bayard's farm (now between Bowery and Broadway), they were escorted to ten dining tables, each representing a ratifying state. The tables were each 440 feet long arranged like the spokes of a half-wheel and joined by a colonnade with three pavilions in the center.

(The drawing Federal Banquet Pavilion in 1788, New York City by David Grim can be seen in the exhibition, Drawn by New York: Six Centuries of Watercolors and Drawings at the N-YHS, on this floor.)