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Jack Keay
The Invention of Crisps (Original)

The Invention of Crisps (Original) by Jack Keay at The Illustration Art Gallery

Ref: KeayCrispsLL (Click for LARGE picture)

Artist: Jack Keay (biography)
Medium: Watercolour on Board
Size: 15" x 21" (380mm x 540mm)
Date: 1975

This is the original Watercolour painting by Jack Keay.

Two illustrations, the first depicting the first crisps ever made, by Chef George Crum (1822-1914) of the Moon's Lake House, Saratoga Springs, New York, in August 1853.

A diner complained that his French Fries (chips) were too thick. Angry, Crum decided to slice potatoes as thinly as possible and fried the resulting wafers of potato. Inadvertently, Crum had invented crisps.

The second picture shows a child eating crisps. This is the original artwork with a curious subject matter from Look and Learn no. 696, 17th May 1975.


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Jack Keay

Jack Keay