May Belfort (Irish Singer)
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 – 1901) was a French painter, printmaker, draftsman, and illustrator. The period he created his art was known as the Belle Époque and his focus was on the decadence in Parisian society. Toulouse-Lautrec’s poster of naughty lady-loving Irishwoman Miss May Belfort, originally Mary Egan from Mayo, Ireland: vaudeville singer, child impersonator and, for a brief fleeting moment in May 1895 (there are a lot of ‘mays’ in this post), the star of Parisian cafe society. May’s “slightly disturbing and thinly-veiled erotic” act was performed wearing the dress of a little girl with large puffed sleeves and an enormous bonnet.