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Jacques James Joseph Tissot. 1836-1902.

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Le hamac (The Hammock). 1880. Etching and drypoint. Wentworth 46. 10 5/16 x 7 1/4 (sheet 14 1/2 x 9 7/16). Edition of about 100. Illustrated: Calloway, English Prints for the Collector, p. 160. A rich impression with drypoint burr printed on cream laid paper with a partial Strasbourg Lily watermark. Signed and dated in the image, lower left; signed in the plate and in pencil and and with the artist's red stamp (Lugt 1545) in the image lower right. $4,500.

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Another proof, printed on cream wove paper, 13 5/8 x 10. Signed in the plate. $3,000.

The etching shows Kathleen Newton wearing a black dress and reading in the hammock in the garden at St. John's wood. The etching is one of several etchings and paintings that show the artist's model and mistress in Tissot's garden. One critic commented, 'this year [Tissot] tries our patience somewhat hardly, for these laides in hammocks, showing a very unnecessary amount of petticoats and stocking, and remarkable for little save luxurious indolence and insolence, are hardly fit subjects for such elsborate painting' (Spectator May 31, 1879: 691; quoted by Marshall and Warner write, in James Tissot. Victorian Life/Modern Love page 133.

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