The Grafton Gallery opened in 1893. It is included as part of this archive as the gallery where Degas L’Absinthe was exhibited after it was sold in the Christie’s Sale in 1892. It was listed in the Christie’s sale as ‘Figures at a Cafe’.
The Brighton Examiner wrote of ‘Preliminary Steps’ and ‘L’Absinthe’ in 1876 that they were ‘two pictures of whose particular merits we have not been able to discover[…] except their extreme ugliness and carelessness of execution.’
Ronald Pickvance described the impact of the exhibition of L’Absinthe at the Grafton Gallery over 15 years later as having ‘set alight the columns of the English press for more than a month’.
The Brighton Examiner 3rd October 1876
Pickvance, Ronald: Apollo Magazine May 1963
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