Full size (printed in 1895) estimate $ 28,000-$32,000 US, Poster Auctions
International, N.Y. Lot 575, May 2002.
"This Irish singer, the lover of May Milton, came to Paris
via the London music halls and performed at the cafe-concert des
Decadents. Lautrec shows her performing a favorite song, 'Daddy
wouldn't buy me a bow-wow.' Her real name was May Egan...Lautrec
became fascinated with her. She is the subject of several of his
lithographs and paintings, usually shown performing her act, as
she is here" (San Diego Museum of Art)
"...appearing onstage dressed as a baby holding a black kitten
in her arms, and 'miaowing' her popular song, 'Daddy wouldn't buy
me a bow-wow,' whose lines had a double meaning which was not lost
in the French-speaking audience, 'I've got a pussycat, I'm very
fond of that.' Henry (Lautrec) enthusiastic, later wrote letters
to friends trying to find a mate for the cat, and even got a cat
for himself" (Frey, p.382)
During the 1960s the renowned French printer, Mourlot Freres, printed
this superb series "Les Affiches de Toulouse-Lautrec"
for collectors. They are reduced lithographic versions of Lautrec's
most famous works. They are truly the most beautiful printing we
have been able to find in this size format.
As vintage printings of Lautrec's work, in all formats, reach high
prices, this mid-century printing offers a superb alternative at
a reasonable price that will only appreciate in value.