Matthew Arnold

James Tissot, 1836-1902

11 November 1871


14 1/8 in. x 9 1/2 in. (359 mm x 242 mm)

Vanity Fair

© National Portrait Gallery (NPG D43509), reproduced with permission

"Men of the Day, No. 36."

Caption: "I say, the critic must keep out of the medium of immediate practice."

There is something disarming about this portrait of the great proponent of humane letters. It is a jibe at his dandyism, but an affectionate one, showing as much good humour in the subject as in the artist himself. — Jacqueline Banerjee [Click on the image to enlarge it and mouse over the text for links.]

  • Uncropped page (as originally shown offsite here in the NPG)
  • Another side to Matthew Arnold (three-part essay)