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Le Jockey

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec1899

British Museum

British Museum

This was one of Toulouse-Lautrec's last lithographs. The publisher Pierrefort intended to issue a portfolio with a racing theme, but Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) was suffering acute alcoholic collapse at this time and this was the only print of the set that was completed. Three further works from the proposed series survive, but only one of these approaches a finished state. The Jockey was issued in two editions, first as a monochrome lithograph, and secondly in a colour version with the addition of five new colour stones.The print expresses the power and pace of the racehorses, rather than the jockeys who are shown from behind with a total lack of expressive detail. Toulouse-Lautrec's facility as a draughtsman is clear, as is his ability to distort and exaggerate in order to create atmosphere and character, by excessive foreshortening of the horses' necks in this lithograph.

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  • Title: Le Jockey
  • Creator: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
  • Date Created: 1899
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 520.00mm; Width: 366.00mm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Medium: Lithograph
  • Technique: lithograph; colour
  • Subject: horse-racing
  • Registration number: 1949,0411.3650
  • Producer: Print made by Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri de
  • Material: paper
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Bequeathed by Dodgson, Campbell

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