Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

An original Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Lithograph print.

(Miss May Belfort Taking a Bow)


Original lithograph printed in black ink on hand-made laid Japan paper.

Dedicated and signed in blue crayon in the margin lower right a Stern / T-Lautrec, also signed on the stone with the artist’s monogram device lower left.

A superb impression of the definitive state of this very rare lithograph one of only five impressions on this paper, apart from the edition of 60 printed on wove paper, for an overall edition of only 65. Published by André Marty, Paris; printed by H. Stern at the atelier of Edouard Ancourt, Paris.

Catalog: Delteil 117; Adhémar 121; Wittrock 115; Adriani 121.

Sheet Size: 22 5/8 x 18 1/8 inches

In the spring of 1895 one of the focuses of Lautrec’s interest was the chanteuse May Belfort (May Egan), who came from Ireland, and whose charming accent was mentioned in the Courrier Français 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 with a dead straight face. She appeared at the Cabaret des Décadents on the Rue Fontaine; Lautrec saw her there and immortalized her in five lithographs and a color poster.