Anonymous asked: I have recieved a lithograph of The passenger from cabin 54 from an aunt who passed away. The FC with circle is in the bottom right corner. All of the lithographs I see online are either like yours in the site, a signature on left or the FC incircled is on left. Trying to figure out why mine is different. Thanks for your help
First, my condolences on your loss, your aunt had excellent taste! What a great piece of art to receive. I’ll have to do more research but for now I can tell you a couple things…After Toulouse-Lautrec died his art dealer Maurice Joyant worked together with his mother to get all the works together and start a museum. I believe it was Joyant that created a stamp of the “T-L” monogram(It does look like an “FC”) that you see on so many of his works. He did this to differentiate the originals from the fakes. I never noticed that like you said, they are almost always on the left side. There are two versions of the Passenger from Cabin 54. One is just a regular lithograph and the second is a poster for the Salon des Cent. On the poster version Lautrec has his monogram on the right side alongside the poster’s text in black ink. In the other version you’ll see the red monogram on the left. I hope that answers some of your questions, if you’re piece is the poster version I bet it could very well be an authentic Lautrec, I’m very jealous! :) Good luck on your search for more info…definitely let me know more about your finds.