James Tissot, 1836-1902
11 November 1871
14 1/8 in. x 9 1/2 in. (359 mm x 242 mm)
© 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.]