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Portrait of Eugène Coppens de Fontenay

James-Jacques-Joseph Tissot, French, 1836 - 1902

Made in Paris, France, Europe


Oil on canvas

27 1/2 x 15 3/8 inches (69.8 x 39.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 255, European Art 1850-1900, second floor

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Purchased with the W. P. Wilstach Fund, 1972

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Before he left for England in 1871, Tissot was one of the most sought-after portraitists of chic Paris society, partly due to his skill for placing his haughty sitters in lavish settings suggestive of wealth and sophistication. This portrait shows the president of the exclusive Jockey Club in Paris.


Monsieur Coppens de Fontenay; sale, Christie's, London, March 5, 1971, no. 71; purchased by Holstein; with H. Shickman Gallery, New York, by October 1971; purchased by the City of Philadelphia with the W. P. Wilstach Fund, March 14, 1972.

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