Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Twentieth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1981-1983. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984, p. 312.
In 1868 the symbolist poet Verlaine and some of his friends, including the Parnassian poets Albert Mérat (1840-1909) and Léon Valade (1841-1884), began to gather for meals, smoking, drinking, and discussion. They met at the Café du Théâtre Bobino as well as other places, and their meetings became known as "les diners vilains bons-hommes". Verlaine drew himself, Valade (who served as secretary of the group), and Mérat seated at the table while a laurel wreath hovers above their heads.
Sonnenberg, Benjamin, 1901-1978, former owner.
Ryskamp, Charles, former owner.