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A man facing backwards on a horse as it runs inside a ring

Layered gray lines and soft shading with reddish highlights show a horse mid-stride, as it gallops around an indoor ring. A man wearing green jockey’s silks and a cap, holds a riding crop over his head, as he sits on the back end of the horse, facing backwards. He leans back slightly, both his feet kicking out as he tries to maintain balance. The horse is not saddled or bridled and its neck is thrust forward, its tongue hanging from its open mouth. Across the white background, faint concentric lines circle outward beyond the ring, seeming to indicate empty stands.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, French (Albi 1864 - 1901 Malromé)
At the Circus: Jockey (Au cirque: Jockey)
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Circus Rider
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Black and colored chalk, graphite on off-white wove paper
33 x 50.2 cm (13 x 19 3/4 in.)
frame: 56.8 x 73 x 8.9 cm (22 3/8 x 28 3/4 x 3 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: lr: stamp HTL


Recorded Ownership History
Maurice Joyant; possibly M.G. Dortu; possibly Otto Gerstenberg, Berlin; M. Knoedler and Co., New York, by 1931; Philip Hofer, Cambridge, Mass.; Grenville L. Winthrop; his bequest to the Fogg Art Musem, 1943.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art


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Publication History

  • [Reproduction only], Reproduction, Le Figaro Illustré, (April 1902)., pg. 13
  • Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Au cirque: Vingt-deux dessins aux crayons de couleur, Goupil & Cie (Paris, 1905), pl. 1
  • Gustave Coquiot, H. de Toulouse-Lautrec, A. Blaizot (Paris, France, 1913), pg. 206
  • Maurice Joyant, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1864-1901 (Paris, France, 1926), vol. 1, pp. 223-26, vol 2, pg. 234
  • Paul J. Sachs, Modern Prints and Drawings, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. (New York, NY, 1954), pl. 53
  • Dorothy W. Gillerman, ed., Grenville L. Winthrop: Retrospective for a Collector, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, 1969), cat. no. 121, repr.
  • M. G. Dortu, Toulouse-Lautrec et son oeuvre (New York, NY, 1971), vol. 6, pp. 814-15, no. D.4.522, repr.
  • Jean Sagne, Toulouse-Lautrec au cirque, Flammarion (Paris, France, 1991), p. 72, repr. on p.73
  • Edward Saywell, "Guide to Drawing Terms and Techniques", Harvard University Art Museums Bulletin, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1998), vol. VI, no. 2, pp. 30-39, p. 32 under "Crayon"
  • Anne Bertrand, "Winthrop: le dessein d'une collection", L'Oeil (March 2003), no. 545, fig. 15 (color)
  • Stephan Wolohojian, ed., A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press (U.S.) (New York, 2003), cat. no. 133, repr. (color)
  • Stephan Wolohojian, Ingres, Burne-Jones, Whistler, Renoir... La Collection Grenville L. Winthrop, exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon and Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, France, 2003), no. 133, repr.
  • Ewa Lajer-Burcharth and Elizabeth M. Rudy, ed., Drawing: The Invention of a Modern Medium, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, 2017), pp. 188-189, 285, repr. p. 190 as fig. 5
  • Anne Lafont, L'expérience des formes: autour de l'exposition 'Drawing: the Invention of a Modern Medium', Journal18 (May 2017), [e-journal],, accessed May 5, 2017, repr.

Exhibition History

  • Exposition H. de Toulouse-Lautrec, Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, 04/09/1931 - 05/17/1931
  • the Circus by Toulouse-Lautrec, M. Knoedler & Co., Newport, 11/20/1931 - 12/12/1931
  • Grenville L. Winthrop: Retrospective for a Collector, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 01/23/1969 - 03/31/1969
  • A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Lyon, 03/15/2003 - 05/26/2003; National Gallery, London, 06/25/2003 - 09/14/2003; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 10/23/2003 - 01/25/2004
  • Drawing: The Invention of a Modern Medium, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/21/2017 - 05/07/2017

Subjects and Contexts

  • Google Art Project
  • Collection Highlights

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