[ Sir Alexander Campbell Mackenzie, Scottish composer, and John Mackenzie Rogan, Director of Music, Coldstream Guards. ] Their signatures, each with an autograph bar of music, for composer Herman Finck, on a menu from Pagani's Restaurant, London.

Sir Alexander Campbell Mackenzie (1847-1935), composer and conductor; John Mackenzie Rogan (1855-1932), Director of Music, Coldstream Guards [ Herman Finck (1872-1939); Pagani's Restaurant, London ]
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Menu from Pagani's Restaurant, London. Dated by Mackenzie 4 November 1909.
SKU: 20162

Attractive menu, printed in black and gold, on card bifolium, folding into two 8 x 17 cm. panels, partly detached. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Calligraphic design, with 'Pagani's' printed in gilt on the cover, and the menu itself on the recto of the second leaf, facing some calligraphic flourishes on the verso of the first leaf. The two inscriptions are both in pencil, mainly on the recto of the second leaf but with the second extending somewhat onto the facing page. The upper of the two, signed by 'A. C. Mackenzie', is dated 4 November 1909, and carries a bar of music ('Benedictus') and the inscription: 'Long life and happiness to H. Finck.' The second, signed 'J. Mackenzie Rogan', also has a bar of music, with the inscription 'Many happy returns'. Someone (presumably Finck) has made a pun in pencil on the facing page, by adding the words 'meet at Pagani's' to the heading 'Menu' (i.e. 'Men you meet at Pagani's'). Finck's 'In the Shadows' was one of the last tunes played as RMS Titanic went down.