James Tissot

An original James Tissot Drypoint print.

(On the Grass)


Original etching and drypoint printed in black ink on laid paper bearing a portion of the block letter Van Gelder watermark

Signed and dated in the plate lower right J.J.Tissot / 1880 (indistinct, covered by second state shading).

A superb, richly printed impression of Wentworth’s second and final state, Printed after the additional work added to the lawn, hat, edge of pool, colonnade and foliage, from the overall edition of approximately 100 impressions.

7 3/4 x 10 5/8 inches

Sheet Size: 10 7/8 x 14 5/8 inches

This etching is a study of Kathleen Newton and the children in the garden of Tissot’s house in St. John’s Wood. Richly worked into a wonderful pattern of light and shadow, it illustrates to marvelous effect the atmosphere of a charmed secret life which Tissot wanted to instill into his studies of Kathleen. The sense of an enclosed cut-off world is heightened by the forms of the pond and the colonnade in the garden, and by the way that sitting on the rug Kathleen looks back behind her at us the viewer. Tissot was a marvelous sensitive etcher who knew to perfection how to use rich textures and complex surfaces in his etching to capture light and atmosphere.