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Cecy Loftus, 1894

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
French, 1864 - 1901
lithograph in green on chine collé
50.2 x 34.2 cm; image: 36.9 x 24.6 cm
Purchased 1964
National Gallery of Canada (no. 15145)

The Scottish performer Marie-Cecilia McCarthy made her reputation in the music halls of London as a mimic before winning fame in Paris as Cecy Loftus with impersonations of the French singer Yvette Guilbert. In this lithograph she wears a top hat, holds a cane with oversized gloves and struts across the stage like a Dandy, performing a parody of male fashion in the mid-1890s. The voluminous dress she wears reflects the intense glare of the footlights and provides a gender-bending comic twist.

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