Earlier this week, Laura Lamont wrote about a Foote photo that features a banquet in St. Boniface sewer.
(This photo, incidentally, will be included in Imagining Winnipeg, with the caption "Banquet to celebrate completion of underground reservoir at St. Boniface Waterworks, 552 Plinguet Street, 1912. N3012.")
In her post, Laura says:
"There’s an odd custom of holding banquets in subterranean structures
going back to 1827 with Marc Brunel’s candelabra-lit supper in the
Thames Tunnel to prove how safe it was, and continuing on to a 1994
luncheon in the Channel Tunnel attended by the Queen."
There aren't any photographs of the 1827 banquet online, but I thought I'd share this painting of the event by George Jones, entitled The Banquet in the Thames Tunnel.
According to Wikipedia, Jones was a British painter and Keeper of the Royal Academy. He was most famous for his paintings of military subjects.