In a Private Dining Room (At the Rat Mort)
Têtê-à-tête Supper




In a Private Dining Room (At the Rat Mort)
Têtê-à-tête Supper

Date of Production

(circa) 1899


oil on canvas


Height: 55.1 cm (canvas)
Width: 46 cm (canvas)

Accession Number


Mode of Acquisition

Samuel Courtauld, bequest, 1948


The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)


On display


Cosmetics & soap

Label Text

Toulouse-Lautrec was famed for his closely-observed portrayals of late nineteenth-century Parisian nightlife, from music halls to brothels. Here, a high-class prostitute, probably Lucy Jourdain, is shown in elaborate costume seated in a cabinet particulier (a private room intended for intimate liaisons) at the café-restaurant Le Rat Mort (the Dead Rat). The light from the lamp at the left casts a sickly green glow. The blurry and hallucinatory effect is deeply evocative of seedy night-time entertainment.


G Sére de Rivières, Paris; with Georges Bernheim, Paris; Caressa, Paris; The Independent Gallery, London; purchased by Samuel Courtauld, March 1928; Courtauld Bequest, 1948.

Exhibition History

Masterpieces of Impressionism from The Courtauld Gallery, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, 10/09/2019-15/12/2019; Aichi Prefectural Museum, Nagoya, Japan, 03/01/2020-15/03/2020; Kobe City Museum, Kobe, Japan, 28/03/2020-21/06/2020

The Courtauld Collection. A Vision for Impressionism, Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris, 20/02/2019-17/06/2019

Picasso/Lautrec, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, 17/10/2017-21/01/2018 ...More

Easy Virtue, Prostitution in French Art, 1850-1910, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, 22/09/2015-17/01/2016; Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, 19/02/2016-19/06/2016

Toulouse-Lautrec, National Gallery of Australia & Canberra & Australia, 14/12/2012-02/04/2013

Part of general displays (reciprocal loan), Albi & France, 16/06/2011-18/09/2011

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden, 21/02/2008-25/05/2008

Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre, Art Institute of Chicago & Chicago & USA, 16/07/2005-10/10/2005

Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 20/03/2005-12/06/2005

Into the 20th century - New Displays at the Courtauld, The Courtauld Gallery, London, 10/10/2002

Toulouse-Lautrec, Tobu Museum, Tokyo, 02/01/2001-04/03/2001

Toulouse-Lautrec, Suntory Museum, Osaka, Japan, 18/11/2000-24/12/2000

1900 - Art at the Crossroads, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 16/01/2000-03/04/2000

The Courtauld Collection: Masterpieces of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 14/06/1998-21/09/1998

The Courtauld Collection, Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, 26/12/1997-12/05/1998

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Grand Palais, Paris, France, 18/02/1992-08/06/1992

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Hayward Gallery, London, 10/10/1991-19/01/1992 ...Less


Toulouse-Lautrec, Tobu Museum, Tokyo, 2001

The Courtauld Collection: Masterpieces of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, Art Gallery of Ontario, 1998


Inscription: inscription : signed : top right & recto : initials in monogram : T-Lautrec

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