The Spinner (La Fileuse)

Artist / Designer Jules Chéret (French, 1836–1932), Printer Imprimerie Chaix (French), Publisher De Malherbe, éditeurs (French)

Object Place: France


130.6 x 88.7 cm (51 7/16 x 34 15/16 in.); Legacy dimension: Sheet: 1306 x 887 mm (51 3/8 x 34 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Color lithograph; brush, crayon and spatter lithography printed in six colors on paper

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



Model with distaff, man weaving in backgound, 1900.
Text (verbatim transcription of lettering): none, image was not intended to be printed with lettering.
Condition: small tears around the edges
General: This image is technically not a poster but a panneau décoratif, or decorative panel, since it was intended to be used for interior decoration and not to advertise a product.


Inscriptions: signed by artist, l.r., on stone "Chéret 190"; l.r., letterpress, "Imprimerie Chaix & de Malherbe, éditeurs - 1900"
Other inscriptions/marks: l.l., blind stamp "Exposition de 1900 / musées centennaux / exemplaire no. "; l.l. stamped in ink "118"
Later inscriptions or marks: [As described] | | |


W.G. Russell Allen (1882-1955, Boston); by whom given to MFA by his estate February 11, 1960

Credit Line

Bequest of W. G. Russell Allen