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29 9.3 (7)

The Gallery of HMS Calcutta (Portsmouth)  1876

by James Tissot

Tissot often painted a man with two women in order to explore the subtle nuances of flirtation and attraction through body language and facial expression. Here a chaperone separates the young naval officer from the object of his attentions, the woman hiding her enjoyment of his flirtation behind her fan. Tissot focuses here on the boundaries of Victorian propriety and soci...
866 x 1095 x 108 mm
Oil on canvas
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