James TissotHolyday c.1876

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Artist
James Tissot (1836‑1902)
Title
Holyday
Date c.1876
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 762 x 994 x 20 mm frame: 925 x 1185 x 95 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1928
Reference
N04413
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1840

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This painting is set in the artist’s garden in the wealthy north London suburb of St John’s Wood. It features its distinctive cast-iron colonnade enclosing a large ornamental fishpond. St John’s Wood was considered a rather louche area and this picture of young people flirting, unnoticed by their sleeping chaperone, was considered by some to be rather vulgar. The men are wearing the caps of I Zingari, an elite amateur cricket club.James Tissot had fled to London in 1870 after the fall of the Paris Commune, and stayed until 1882.

July 2007

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