Photos of Rat's Restaurant and
The Grounds for Sculpture, Part 1

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All photos taken August, 2002

RAT'S RESTAURANT in Hamilton, New Jersey. On the left, the restaurant entrance is inspired by Mr. Toad's gypsy caravan from The Wind in the Willows. Those two fashionable folks on the right are actually painted bronzes by J. Seward Johnson, Jr.

PIERRE-AUGUSTE RENOIR'S Luncheon of the Boating Party is interpreted in a life-size sculpture by J. Seward Johnson, Jr., titled Were You Invited? The real fun comes when you walk through the familiar crowd and discovered the uninvited guests hidden away at a table in back -- sculpts of Johnson and his buds, whooping it up. 

I WALKED RIGHT BY Seward Johnson's evocation of Édouard Manet's Déjeuner Sur L’Herbe until someone pointed me to it, because it's discretely tucked away in a shaded glade. The lady in the foreground excited a lot of envy from passers-by on this steaming hot day. (Johnson has playfully dubbed his sculpt Déjeuner Déjà Vu.)

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Arthur P. Johnson all rights reserved.

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