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A Street in Jaffa

  • Portfolio/Series: The Life of Our Lord Jesus Christ (La Vie de Notre-Seigneur Jésus-Christ)
  • Artist: James Tissot, French, 1836-1902
  • Medium: Pen and ink on paper mounted on board
  • Dates: 1886-1887 or 1889
  • Dimensions: Sheet: 8 1/4 x 4 1/2 in. (21 x 11.4 cm) Mount: 8 3/8 x 4 9/16 in. (21.3 x 11.6 cm)  (show scale)
  • Signature: Signed lower right monogram: "JTJ"
  • Collections:European Art
  • Museum Location: This item is not on view
  • Accession Number: 00.159.384
  • Credit Line: Purchased by public subscription
  • Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
  • Caption: James Tissot (French, 1836-1902). A Street in Jaffa, 1886-1887 or 1889. Pen and ink on paper mounted on board, Sheet: 8 1/4 x 4 1/2 in. (21 x 11.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by public subscription, 00.159.384
  • Image: overall, 00.159.384_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2008
  • Record Completeness: Good (73%)
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Recent Comments
18:52 09/10/2009
Is there anything else that Tissot did in Jaffa? Seems odd if this is all, but it is possible if he was just passing through on his way to Jerusalem and other locales from which he produced the illustrations of the Life of Christ.
By Aaron A. Burke
19:55 09/10/2009
Dear Mr. Burke,
Thank you for your question. This is the only drawing that has been identified with Jaffa, though Tissot made many, many sketches as he traveled throughout the Middle East, and it is possible there are more out to be identified. Quite a number entered the collection when the watercolor set was purchased by public subscription by the citizens of Brooklyn in 1900.
Tissot first displayed these drawings along with his watercolors in exhibitions in Paris and London in the 1890s, and we can correlate the titles given in those exhibition pamphlets with a number of the drawings in the Brooklyn collection, even though the pamphlets are not illustrated.
Indeed, some of these pen-and-ink sketches are inscribed with an indication of the site.
Most of them appear in Tissot's publication "The Life of Our Saviour Jesus Christ," which appeared in a number of French and English-language editions in the late 1890s. The drawings included in this publication have captions which identify the subject. To my knowledge, this is the only one that depicts Jaffa.

I hope that you find this answer helpful.

Judith Dolkart
Associate Curator
European Art

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