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Croquet

Accession Number
2004/2.156

Title
Croquet

Artist(s)
James Jacques Joseph Tissot

Artist Nationality
French (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
1878

Medium & Support
etching and drypoint on paper

Dimensions
12 1/16 in x 7 3/16 in (30.64 cm x 18.26 cm);14 13/16 in x 11 1/8 in (37.62 cm x 28.26 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Aldrich

Subject matter
This print reproduces a painting that Tissot showed at the Grosvenor Gallery in 1878 (now in the collection of the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada). Tissot, who emigrated from France amidst the chaos of the Franco-Prussian War and the Paris Commune of 1870-71, often depicted upper-class leisure activities in a style inspired by Japanese prints. Croquet had became a popular pastime in England by the 1860s, and it is thought that this image shows Tissot's own garden in London's St. John's Wood district.

Physical Description
A young woman in a black dress and white shawl holds a croquet mallet behind her back. She stands in the midground of the composition in a sunlit patch of grass strewn with three croquet wickets. In the foreground, three croquet balls mirror the wickets, and a white dog sits beneath a tree amongst a watering can and many small flower pots. Two more young women kneel and lounge in the grass in the background next to a small round pond with a fountain; an arcade of columns can be seen beyond the water.
Signed and dated, in the plate, l.l.: "J.J. Tissot / 1878"

Primary Object Classification
Print

Primary Object Type
intaglio print

Collection Area
Western

Rights
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Keywords
Canis familiaris (species)
croquet
fountains
games
gardens (open spaces)
genre (visual works)
girls
leisure
ponds (water)
reproductive prints

1 Related Resource

Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and Associated Artists
(Part of: Artist Associations and Art Movements)

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