Three Hundred and Sixty-Five Compositions from the Four Gospels with Notes and Explanatory Drawings by J James Tissot, Notes translated by Mrs Arthur Bell.
The People's Edition, undated published by Sampson Low, Marston & Company. Sumptuously illustrated in colour and monochrome, illustrations protected with tissue. Half-leather binding with gilt decoration
Jacques Joseph Tissot (1836 – 1902), anglicised as James Tissot, was a French painter and illustrator. He was a successful painter of Paris society before moving to London in 1871. He became famous as a genre painter of fashionably dressed women shown in various scenes of everyday life. His painted scenes and characters from the Bible because of their widespread use as illustrations in literature and slides have become the "definitive Bible images". In 1885, Tissot had a revival of his Catholic faith, which led him to spend the rest of his life making paintings about Biblical events. At a time when French artists were working in impressionism, pointillism, and heavy oil washes, Tissot was moved towards realism in his watercolours. To assist in his completion of biblical illustrations, Tissot travelled to the Middle East in 1886, 1889, and 1896 to make studies of the landscape and people. His series of 365 gouache (opaque watercolour) illustrations showing the life of Christ were shown to critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences in Paris, London, and New York, before being bought by the Brooklyn Museum in 1900. They were published in a French edition in 1896–7 and in an English one in 1897–8, bringing Tissot vast wealth and fame
Generally in pretty good condition throughout. Some marks on cover. Volume I has some damage to the top of the spine. Corners are lightly bumped and there is some transference to the tissue guards of the colour illustrations. Lightly yellowing dustiness to the edges of the pages.
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