Cafe from the World’s Fair in Vienna

Adolph von Menzel: “Indian Cafe” at the World’s Fair in Vienna, 1873. Bodycolour on paper.
Courtesy of Johann Jacobs Museum

Might it have been that Brinckmann, during his explorations of the extensive exhibition grounds at the Vienna Prater, also took the opportunity to visit the “Wigwam”? The massive tent, documented in an illustration by Adolph Menzel, was a contribution to the fair from the United States. Afro-American waiters, identifiable by their white livery, serve the latest cocktail creations from New York to their cosmopolitan guests – at least that is what the various headdresses of the café audience suggest.