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A seated performer off stage in a yellow and black costume

At center a woman in a costume rests, sitting on a low red bench with her feet planted wide apart. She rests her hands on her thighs and holds her fingers in front of her, regarding the viewer with a tired smile. She wears a large bright yellow ruffled tulle collar and black pantaloons with black stockings and heeled shoes. Her white hair is styled high atop her head and tied with a small yellow bow. In another room opening up behind her at left, a couple seen through a doorway are dressed in formal attire.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, French (Albi 1864 - 1901 Malromé)
Published by Gustave Pellet, French (1859 - 1919)
The Seated Clowness (Mademoiselle Cha-u-Kao)
Other Titles
Series/Book Title: Elles
Original Language Title: La clownesse assise
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Lithograph in three colors on wove paper
sheet: 51.8 x 40.3 cm (20 3/8 x 15 7/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • collector's mark: lower right corner, red ink, stamp: GP [in circle; mark of Gustave Pellet, publisher of this print, Lugt 1193]
  • inscription: lower right corner, to left of collector's mark, pale gray ink, handwritten [?]: 97

State, Edition, Standard Reference Number

Standard Reference Number
Delteil 180, Adr. 172, Witt. 156

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Program for Harvard College Fund
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Kristin A. Mortimer and William G. Klingelhofer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums and Abbeville Press (Cambridge and New York, 1986), no. 327, p. 280, repr.
  • Stephan Wolohojian and Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Harvard Art Museum/ Handbook, ed. Stephan Wolohojian, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, 2008), p. 173, repr.

Exhibition History

  • Lithography in France, 1848-1900, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 05/01/1981 - 06/14/1981; Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, 09/08/1981 - 10/15/1981
  • 32Q: 2700 Impressionism, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/15/2015 - 04/12/2016

Subjects and Contexts

  • Google Art Project
  • Collection Highlights

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