James Jacques-Joseph Tissot, ‘LE PETIT NEMROD (A Little Nimrod)’, 1886, Christopher-Clark Fine Art

Original mezzotint printed in black ink on chine appliqué (thin China paper mounted on heavier wove paper)

Signed in the plate in the title margin below the image lower right J.J. Tissot.

A richly printed impression of Wentworth’s second and final state, printed after the addition of the lettering to the title margin, from the edition estimated by Wentworth to be up to 200 in both states (but which is likely to be much smaller due to the scarcity of this mezzotint).

Catalog: Tissot 89; Beraldi 74; Wentworth 83.

Sheet Size: 19 3/16 x 24 1/8 inches

Signature: Signed in the plate in the title margin below the image lower right J.J. Tissot.

Krystyna Matyjaszkiewicz, James Tissot, Phaidon Press, London, 1984, no. 23 (oil), p. 63 (ill.);
Christopher Wood, Tissot: The Life and Work of Jacques Joseph Tissot 1836-1902, Weidenfeld and Nicholson, London, 1986, no. 127 (oil), p. 123 (ill.);
Katherine Lochnan (ed.), Seductive Surfaces: The Art of Tissot, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1999, fig. 89; p. 201 (ill.);
Nancy Rose Marshall & Malcolm Warner, James Tissot: Victorian Life / Modern Love, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1999, no. 49 p. 119 (ill.

About James Jacques-Joseph Tissot

In genre portraits of fashionable, high-society women in the late 1800s, James Jacques-Joseph Tissot captured the charmed elegance of his social world by documenting the costumes, decor, and events of the elite. A painter, printmaker, and enamelist, Tissot was a student of Hippolyte Flandrin and Louis Lamothe at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, but later relocated to London after fighting in the Franco-Prussian war, where a caricature gig at Vanity Fair granted him entry to the elite society that would ultimately define his subject matter. Upon meeting his wife and muse Kathleen Newton, Tissot drastically altered his lifestyle and subject matter to trade his social life for domesticity, and upon her death, a heartbroken Tissot returned to Paris with a subsequent interest in religion and spirituality that was reflected in his work thereafter.

French, 1836-1902, Nantes, France