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The Simpson Chain

A work made of color brush and spatter lithograph (poster) on tan wove paper with lettering by another hand.
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  • A work made of color brush and spatter lithograph (poster) on tan wove paper with lettering by another hand.

Date:

1896

Artist:

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
French, 1864-1901

About this artwork

This poster represents Lautrec’s final design for an advertisement for a bicycle lever chain recently invented by the London manufacturer W. S. Simpson. Competitive cyclist Constant Huret rides a bicycle equipped with the device, speeding on to victory with its help. This poster sports a much more dynamic composition than the artist’s previous attempt, as well as a more realistic depiction of bicycles, despite the four- and five-seaters in the background.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Title

The Simpson Chain

Place

France (Object made in)

Date

Made 1896

Medium

Color brush and spatter lithograph (poster) on tan wove paper with lettering by another hand

Dimensions

815 × 1,190 mm (image); 852 × 1,230 mm (sheet, sight)

Credit Line

Gift of the Gecht Family

Reference Number

2015.278

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