We see Mrs Lona Barrison with her manager and husband in the corridors
of the Folies Bergere, executed for Le Rire. Mrs Barrison was an English
equestrienne of considerable fame. Lautrec loved to focus his attention
on horsemen or horsewomen as he considered them to be fellow artists.
The Folies Begere was not remembered for its horse riding acts.
As Laura Gold explains, "When the most famous of Paris cabarets
(The Folies Bergere) opened its doors in 1869, it presented variety
programs including animal and circus acts, similar to American vaudevilles.
It was not until later that its policy changed to concentrate on
a line of showgirls presenting various dances in revealing costumes.
This proved to be a far bigger attraction" (Gold