The poster, with its particularly enticing exuberance, was reproduced in monochrome in Le Courrier Francais on February 16, 1896. It was used to advertise the appearance of Eglantine Demay, Jane Avril, Cleopatre, and Gazelle in the Quadrille Naturaliste, at the Palace Theatre in London. The dance had been developed from the can-can, created by Celeste Mogador, and was performed in the formation of four, mainly at the Elysee Montmartre, the Jardin de Paris, the Frascati and the Moulin Rouge. In a letter written on 19 January 1896 in London (Musee d'Albi), Jane Avril and Eglantine asked Lautrec for the poster, giving exact wording for the text: 'Troupe de Mlle Eglantine./1 Eglantine, 2 Jane Avril/3 Cleopatre 4 Gazelle/"Palace Theatre," because we shall certainly be appearing in other places as well, and then we could use the same poster. Thanks in advance and good luck and every success with the work...Please answer straight away, because the first night is the evening of Monday 20th, and we want people to see our poster before that. So please do your best...'. And while posterity has certainly been impressed by the greatness of this design, it was not enough at the time to save the show, which quickly folded. (Rennert)
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