(Nantes 1836-1902 Doubs)
Study of Kathleen Newton
Board, 31.5 x 22 cm
Acquired in 1953; inv. 6585
The graceful woman, swiftly portrayed here with a brush on a piece of cardboard previously prepared with broad brushstrokes, was Tissot’s mistress Kathleen Newton (1854-1882). Although married to someone else, she shared her life with him for a number of years until her early death. His favourite model, she figures in his oeuvre in numerous guises. In an etching of 1880 she personifies Winter
; her hands, as in this sketch, in a fur muff, are in keeping with the iconography popular since the sixteenth century. It is clear that Kathleen Newton must have been a delicate figure.