Le hamac (The Hammock). 1880. Etching and drypoint.Tissot 41, Béraldi 37, Wentworth 46. 10 5/16 x 7 1/4 (sheet 13 5/8 x 10). Edition of about 100. Illustrated: Calloway, English Prints for the Collector, p. 16 A rich impression printed on cream wove paper. Signed in the plate. Housed in an archival French mat and an 18 3/4 x 17 1/4-inch champagne gold frame. $2,750.
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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