MISS MAY BELFORT EN CHEVEUX

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
MISS MAY BELFORT EN CHEVEUX
Lithograph
1895

An original Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Lithograph print.

(Miss May Belfort with her Hair Down)

1895

Original lithograph printed in black ink on wove paper.

A fine impression of Wittrock and Adriani’s only state of this extremely rare lithograph From the edition of only 15 in this color (there were 15 additional impressions printed in olive-green, for an overall edition of 30, at least 16 of which are accounted for in public collections worldwide according to Wolfgang Wittrock in his 1985 catalogue raisonné). Published and distributed by Edouard Kleinmann. Paris.

Catalog: Delteil 118; Adhémar 118; Wittrock 116; Adriani 122

12 3/4 x 8 9/16 inches

Sheet Size: 15 5/16 x 11 1/8 inches

In the spring of 1895 Lautrec’s interest also turned to the chanteuse May Belfort (May Egan), who came from Ireland, and whose charming accent was mentioned in the Courrier Francais on January 20, 1895. There was a great vogue for English-speaking women singers in Paris at the time. In a frilly Kate Greenaway dress, a mob cap with a big bow and with a cat lying in her arms May Belfort sang nursery rhymes filled with double meanings in a lisping voice and with a dead straight face. She appeared at the Cabaret des Decadents on the Rue Fontaine; Lautrec saw her there and immortalized her in five lithographs including this on

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