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Object: La passagère du 54
Object: Promenade en yacht
Red-haired woman sitting in profile to right in striped deckchair beneath awning, deck and sea seen beyond; poster design, before text; second edition. 1896
Colour brush, crayon and spatter lithograph
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Height: 610 millimetres
Width: 450 millimetres (max.)
- Curator's comments
- (Text from 'From Manet to Toulouse-Lautrec', BM 1978, cat.116)
Commissioned by 'La Plume' (Léon Deschamps), and in its third state used as a poster for an international exhibition of posters at the Salon des Cent. This is an early state before the poster edition, published in an edition of 100. The third state had the lettering added: 'Salon des Cent, 31 Rue Bonaparte, Exposition Internationale d'Affiches'. The Salon des Cent was the same gallery as the Salon de la Plume, where the 'Elles' series was shown.
The model was an unknown woman who had drawn Lautrec's attention on a journey he made by steamship between Le Havre and Bordeaux. The story is that he was so attracted by her that he refused to disembark at Bordeaux but continued to Lisbon where his companion Maurice Guibert finally got him to land. The lady, whom Lautrec never formally met, occupied cabin number 54, whence the print's title. Dortu places this escapade in 1896, which conflicts with Adriani's dating of the poster to 1895.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1978 Mar-Oct, BM, From Manet to Toulouse-Lautrec cat. no.116
2006 June-Aug, Barnard Castle, Bowes Museum, 'Impressionist Women'
2006 Sep-Dec, Warwick, Compton Verney, 'Impressionist Women'
2007 April-July, BM, P&D, BMP Gift books display
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