'I am absolutely overjoyed to have the beautiful birthday present you have devised for me. How could you know that this is my favourite Lautrec poster: in fact, I have a copy at home and have always thought what fun it would be if and when Sir Laurence and I go to a Fancy Dress Ball we should appear as these two characters.'
Vivien Leigh, letter to John Klimo, 13th November 1953
The sheet is full laid down onto board. The sheet appears sound. There is some discolouration to the edges of the sheet. There is also some slight staining to the sheet in places, which is in keeping with the Artist's materials. There are one or two slight wrinkles to the sheet in places, thought to be in keeping with the Artist's materials. Subject to the above, the work appears to be in very good overall condition.
The work is presented in a simple painted wooden frame, held under glass.
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