Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Mary Hamilton, 1895


Original crayon lithograph printed on china paper. Signed on the stone with the artist's monogram lower left. From the 1925 Frapier edition of 625 (525 impressions on China paper and 100 on Japon Impérial). Published by Edmond Frapier (Galerie des Peintres Graveurs) in the portfolio "Histoire de la Lithographie de Manet à Nos Jours", Paris 1925.

Dimensions: 14 1/8" x 10 1/2".
Catalogue reference: Delteil 175, Adhémar 215, Wittrock 67, Adriani 127.

Mary Hamilton was an English professional entertainer, otherwise called "diseuse", who performed monologues. Mary Hamilton is represented in this particular lithograph in her male costume, which she usually wore for her performances. The broken contour lines and the crosshatching resemble Toulouse-Lautrec's drawing style of the 1890s. This lithograph was possibly shown at the exhibition "La Libre Esthétique" under the name of "the fair Miss Mary H.". Out of the 525 impressions that were printed on China paper, 300 to 350 were destroyed during World War II.


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