Neal Prince Trust
being the Grantor to the
Neal A. Prince and Herbert W. Hemphill, Jr. Estate Holding Trust u/a/d 05/08/2000
which is the legal owner of this item below:

STEINLEN, Theophile Alexander
(1859-1923) Swiss
Soft Pencil Drawing

Neal Prince:

Artist A - G

Artist H - P

Artist Q - T

Artist U - Z


Costume Design Collection

Neal Prince & Herbert W. Hemphill, Jr. Collections 1950-1967

Fine Arts Appraisal for Herbert W. Hemphill, Jr., 1964

Fine Arts Appraisal for Neal Prince, 1969



Inventory No: NAPT.1999.000409
Theophile Alexander Steinlen (1859-1923) Swiss


Artist:           Theophile Alexander Steinlen (1859-1923), Swiss

Title:            "Drawing of a Cat"

Date:            (between 1900-1918)

Medium:      Original Soft Pencil Drawing

Materials:     Soft Pencil and Paper

Markings:     Unsigned, various markings on the back of the paper stock. Davis Galleries monogram imprint on paper stock, with inventory mark DG-616.

Dimensions:  3-5/8” x 6-1/8” inches

Framed:        Yes, item has remained in the original frame when acquired by Mr. Prince and Mr. Hemphill, Jr.

Inventory No: NAPT.1999.000409

Provenance:  Neal Prince Trust u/a/d 10.18.1999

Mr. Neal Prince

Mr. Neal Prince and Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. (1964-1967)

Roy Davis Galleries, 231 East 60th Street, New York, New York 10022, Inventory Item Number DG-616 


Museums and Public Art Galleries that hold said Artist works:

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Hermitage Museum, Sait Petersburg, Russia

Louvre Museum, Paris, France

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, USA

Musée ď Orsay Collection, Paris, France

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA

Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, USA

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, British Columbia, Canada




Mr. Steinlen was born in Switzerland in 1859. He began his studies at the art at Lausanne and later became active as a textile designer in Mulhause. In 1882 he arrived in Paris where he worked as an illustrator for the journals Mirliton, Assiette au Beurre, Chat Noir, and Gil Blas, for which he produced successfully over four hundred lithographs. As an artist, he was not merely a commercial success but also showed great sensitivity toward his subject matter. Besides illustrating advertisements for a vast of variety of products, Mr. Steinlen was also famous for his posters of cabaret and music performers. Perhaps the most noteworthy of these performers was one done for the French singer, “Yvette Guilbert's” performances at the cabaret Les Ambassadeurs, produced in 1894. Msse Yvette Guilbert preferred Mr. Steinlen's posters over another famous version, done by Toulouse-Lautrec, in which the artist distorted her features and figure, making her appear thin and bony to the point of freakishness, as noted by Msse. Guilbert. The two artists are often compared against each others works, although Mr. Steinlen's poster art, drawn with the same bold simplicity as Lautrec's, is marked by an air of sweetness and a quieter mood. However, his later work for the journals, like that of Lautrec, became increasingly satirical and critical of society. Mr. Steinlen, too, often drew genre scenes of the working class, capturing day-to-day life in Paris with a simple, endearing style. He was very found of animals, especially cats, and often included them in his posters. Mr. Steinlen's cats proved so popular, in fact, that they became a trademark of his work, as noted by this artwork above.  

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