Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, October 24, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Sotheby's, New York, 19th & 20th Century and Contemporary Prints, November 11, 1987, lot 658
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Loys Delteil 359
    Jean Adhémar 184
    Wolfgang Wittrock 25

  • Catalogue Essay

    Toulouse-Lautrec did not draw the bicycle chain correctly which resulted in this design being rejected. However, he went ahead and printed 200 copies at his own cost for the amusement of his friends and collectors. The cyclist is the British champion Jimmy Michael whose trademark was a toothpick in his mouth. The man with the stopwatch is the sports correspondent Frantz Reichel and the man bending over the bag in the background is Michael's coach, Choppy Warburton. The scene is at the Buffalo track in Neuilly, France.

Property from a Private New York Collection


Cycle Michael (D. 359, A. 184, W. P25)

Lithograph in olive green, on wove paper backed with linen, with margins.
I. 32 1/4 x 47 1/2 in. (81.9 x 120.7 cm)
S. 35 3/8 x 49 3/4 in. (89.9 x 126.4 cm)

From the edition of 200, printed by Chaix, Paris, framed.

$1,000 - 1,500 

Sold for $1,651

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 24-26 October 2023