London Visitors

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James Tissot (French, 1836–1902)
London Visitors, 1874
Oil on canvas
34 1/4 x 24 3/4 in. (87 x 62.87 cm) framed: 47 1/2 × 38 × 6 in. (120.65 × 96.52 × 15.24 cm)
Layton Art Collection Inc., Gift of Frederick Layton L1888.14
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Standing underneath the portico of the newly constructed National Gallery in London, with the church of Saint Martin-in-the-Fields framed behind them, a fashionably dressed couple contemplates which site to visit next. The gentleman consults his guidebook, while his female companion uses her umbrella to gesture towards Trafalgar Square, which lies in front of them. Tissot, who was a close friend of the avant-garde Impressionists, was a great painter of fashionable members of society. By contrast, he included a slender youth in the foreground, one of the so-called bluecoat boys, who were students of the charitable Christ’s Hospital School, and who often acted as tour guides to visitors to the city.

Publication History
Corbeau-Parsons, Caroline. Impressionists in London: French Artists in Exile 1870-1904. 2017, pp. 2, 108, color illus.

Eastberg, John C. and Eric Vogel. Layton’s Legacy: A Historic American Art Collection 1888–2013. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Layton Art Collection, Inc., 2013, pp. 17, 110-13, 128–29, and 456, color pl. 7, p. 112, color illus. p. 129, color detail pp. 110–11, 113, color illus. in collection p. 379.

Grand Rapids Art Museum. Tissot's London 1871–1882: The Art and Culture of City Life. Grand Rapids Art Museum, 2009, color illus. on cover.

Youngs, Tim. Travel Writing in the Nineteenth Century Filling the Blank Spaces. London: Anthem Press, 2006, color cover illus.

Robins, Anna Gruetzner, and Richard Thomson. Degas, Sickert, and Toulouse-Lautrec: London and Paris, 1870-1910. London: Tate, 2005, p. 17, color pl. 1.

Marshall, Nancy Rose, and Malcolm Warner. James Tissot: Victorian Life, Modern Love. New Haven: American Federation of Arts, Yale University Press, 1999, p. 73.

Mishory, Alic. Introduction to Art History. Israel: The Open University of Israel, 1999, color illus. p. 84.

Milwaukee Art Museum. 1888: Frederick Layton and His World. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 1988, pp. 136–37, cat. 51, color illus. p. 137 and cover.

Auer, James. A Legacy of a Toast. The Milwaukee Journal, April 3, 1988, Wisconsin, a Special Section, p. 6, NewsBank America’s Newspapers, (accessed August 24, 2017).

Naglin, Nancy. On Exhibit: Founder's Choice. Americana 16, no. 1 (March/April 1988): 18, color illus. p.17.

Barbican Art Gallery. Barbican Art Gallery Bulletin. London, 1987, color illus.

Goldstein, Rosalie, ed. Guide to the Permanent Collection. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 1986, p. 18, b/w illus. p. 18.

Matyjaskiewicks, Krystyna, ed. James Tissot. London: Barbicon Art Gallery, 1984 and New York: Abbeville Press, 1985, pp. 61, 121, no. 114.

Wentworth, Michael Justin. James Tissot. Oxford: Clarendon, 1984, p. 117, no. 96.

Wentworth, Michael Justin. James Tissot: Catalogue Raisonne of His Prints. Minneapolis: The Minneapolis Institute of Art, 1978, illus. p. 356, cat. 40c.

The Toledo Museum of Art: European Paintings. Toledo: The Toledo Museum of Art, 1976, p. 159.

Milwaukee Art Center. Mirrors of 19th Century Taste: Academic Painting. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Center, 1974, no. 84.

Misfeldt, Willard Erwin. James Jacques Joseph Tissot: A Biocritical Study. Washington University, PhD. 1971.

Layton Art Gallery. Catalogue of the Layton Art Gallery. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Layton Art Gallery, 1921, p. 26, cat. 32.

Hartmann, Sadakichi. Our American Art Museums: The Layton Art Gallery of Milwaukee. Arts & Decoration 5, no. 12 (October 1915): 466.

Eldridge, E. C. Visit to Layton’s Art Gallery Wednesday Afternoon: Lecture on Art Works in the Gallery. St. Louis and Canadian Photographer 24, no. 8 (August 1900): 367–68.

Works of Art: How to See and Enjoy Them. Wilson's Photographic Magazine 37, no. 524 (August 1900): 372.

Pattison, James William. The Layton Art Gallery of Milwaukee. Brush and Pencil 3, no. 4 (January 1899): 216.

Layton Art Gallery. The Opening of the Layton Art Gallery. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Layton Art Gallery, 1888, p. 52, cat. 78.

Cramer, Printers, 1888, p. 52.
Exhibition History
Tissot's London 1871–1882: The Art and Culture of City Life, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan, October 2, 2009–January 3, 2010.

Degas, Sickert, and Toulouse-Lautrec, Tate Britain, October 6, 2005–January 15, 2006; The Phillips Collection, Washington DC, February 18–May 14, 2006.

James Tissot: Victorian Life, Modern Love, Musee du Quebec, Canada, December 15, 1999–January 12, 2000; Albright Knox Art Gallery, March 24–July 2, 2000. (Exhibition opened at the Yale Center for British Art September 22–November 28, 1999, but Milwaukee version of London Visitors was not included—the Toledo version was included at that venue. Milwaukee picture was used as a replacement for the Toledo Version at the last two venues)

1888: Frederick Layton and His World, Milwaukee Art Museum, April 8–August 28, 1988.

The Image of London, Views by Travellers and Emigres 1550–1920, Barbican Art Gallery, London, August 6–October 18, 1987.

Mirrors of 19th Century Taste: Academic Painting, Milwaukee Art Center, July 14–August 25, 1974.

Jewelry and Finery, 18th Through 10th Centuries, Art Association of Indianapolis, February 18–March 26, 1967.

Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut, date unknown. (exhibition label on painting)

YMCA, Milwaukee, 4th Street, 1922–1937.

This information is subject to change as the result of ongoing research.