May Milton

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864-1901)

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According to critics, the English dancer May Milton was short on talent and physical beauty. After just one winter on the Paris stage, she reportedly departed for New York, never to be heard from again. Her enduring fame rests on this poster by Toulouse-Lautrec, designed for her American tour, which, apparently, never materialized.

As an indicator of the collectability of posters in the 1890s, a copy of May Milton can be seen in Picasso's 1901 painting of his studio on the Boulevard de Clichy.

Private Collection, New York, New York;
(Weyhe Galleries, New York, New York);
William and Fran Julian, Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1963;
given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 2003.

Object Information

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864-1901)
creation date
ink on paper, color lithograph
31-1/2 x 22-1/2 in. (sheet)
40-3/8 x 31-1/2 x 1-1/2 in. (framed, glazed, pending Optium)
mark descriptions
Signed, in olive green, in image at lower left: [stylized monogram combining initials "HTL" within a circular shape]
accession number
credit line
Gift of Frances B. and J. William Julian
Public Domain
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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