Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Invitation Card for Alexandre Natanson. 1895

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Invitation Card for Alexandre Natanson 1895

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A legendary bartender, Lautrec presided over an infamous party thrown by Alexandre Natanson and his wife in 1895. The invitation promised “American and other drinks,” and when guests arrived they found Lautrec behind the bar concocting extraordinarily strong drinks as well as his inventive “solid cocktails,” which included such ingredients as sardines, juniper, and port.

Gallery label from The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters, July 26, 2014–March 22, 2015.
composition: 12 1/4 x 6 7/8" (31.1 x 17.4 cm); sheet: 13 3/8 x 7" (33.9 x 17.8 cm)
Mr. and Mrs. Alexandre Natanson, Paris
approx. 300
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert D. Schimmel
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