Henri de Toulouse Lautrec – Calvé, Coquelin, Rostand


From 1896 to 1900, Toulouse-Lautrec conducted a correspondence with his English publisher, W.H.B. Sands, relating specifically to the making of Lautrec’s English Yvette Guilbert series and his lesser known album of actors and actresses Treize Lithographies. (The Henri de Toulouse Lautrec WHB Sands correspondence, edited by Herbert D. Schimmel and Phillip Dennis Cate, Dodd, Mead & Company, New York, 1983)

The following letter is one of those letters from the correspondence between Sands and Lautrec.

(Paris),  1.3.(1898) – Lautrec writes to W.H.B. Sands: „Dear Sir, I am sending you Calvé, Coquelin and Rostand. Please send me the cheque of 600 for Byl as soon as you can…. I will send you the proofs of my drawings tomorrow or the day after . Yours truly H. de Toulouse Lautrec“

Edmond Rostand wrote his verse drama Cyrano de Bergerac for the actor Benoit-Constant Coquelin (1841-1909), and its premiere was held on 28 December 1897, at the Théâtre de la Porte-Saint-Martin to great success. A few months later, Lautrec made this print of Coquelin in the title role. 

To see the work concerning Emma Calvé, please have a look for this page: http://www.artic.edu/aic/collections/artwork/7456 

This is my first letter by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and is signed with his rare full signature.

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