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James-Jacques-Joseph Tissot, 1836-1902

The Confessional

Medium: watercolor with scraping, gum heightening, and graphite underdrawing on cream, moderately thick, slightly textured wove paper
Dimensions: height: 26.4 cm, width: 14.4 cm.
Date: 1867
Category: genre | biblical/religious | interior
Subject: woman | church | prayer | devotion
Inscriptions and Markings: "Tissot" in red, lower left, recto, partially trimmed; "Tissot" in graphite on the verso
Exhibition History: A Discerning Eye: Nineteenth-century Drawings and Watercolors, Academy of the Arts, Easton, MD, 1998-99; French Masterworks on Paper, Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, 1992; A Connoisseur's Portfolio: Nineteenth-century Drawings and Watercolors, Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, 1983; James Jacques Joseph Tissot, 1836-1902: A Retrospective Exhibition, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1968, no. 42, n.p.
Bibliography: Zerner, Henri, David S. Brooke and Michael Wentworth. James Jacques Joseph Tissot 1836-1902: A Retrospective Exhibition. Ontario: Rhode Island School of Design / Art Gallery of Ontario. 1968.: n.p.. Johnston, William R. "A Connoisseur's Portfolio". Bulletin of the Walters Art Gallery 36 (March-April 1983). Wentworth, Michael. James Tissot. Oxford: Clarendon. 1984.: pp. 56, 159.
Related Works: Painting of 'In Church', oil on canvas, at Southampton Art Gallery, England.
Provenance: William T. Walters (1819-1894), Baltimore, January 14, 1867, by commission, delivered February 19, 1867 [250 francs, George A. Lucas as agent].
Collection: The Walters Art Museum
Credit Line: Commissioned by William T. Walters, 1867
Object Number: WAM 37.1374