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Mlle. Cocyte

May 14, 2013

Mlle. Cocyte (fl. late 19th/early 20th Century), French actress and singer
(photo: unknown, probably Paris, circa 1900)

This real photograph cigarette card, issued about 1900 in one of Ogden’s Guinea Gold Cigarettes series, is of Cocyte. This lady is probably to be identified with Mlle. Cocyte who, appearing about 1900 in a revival of La Belle Hélène, was immortalised in several contemporaneous sketches by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. One of these, in pencil, red chalk with touches of white, was given in the 1970s to The Art Institute, Chicago.

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