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A man in a suit and tailcoat sitting in a chair

Soft black lines depict a man on a sheet of cream colored paper, with a second narrow strip of paper attached and visible along the bottom of the piece. At center, the man sits on a chair, leaning back with his right elbow resting on a counter behind him, where his top hat lies. He looks at the viewer, bending his head forward with his left hand behind him on his hip. He wears a bow tie, a vest and a long dark overcoat. At lower center, his right foot points toward the viewer, extending onto the narrow second strip of paper.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, French (Paris, France 1834 - 1917 Paris, France)
portrait of James Tissot, French (Nantes, France 1836 - 1902 Buillon Abbey, near Besançon)
Study for "James-Jacques-Joseph Tissot"
Work Type
c. 1867-1868
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Physical Descriptions

Prepared chalk on two pieces of tan wove paper
32.8 × 41.2 cm (12 15/16 × 16 1/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • stamp: l.l.: Vente stamp [L. 658] in red
  • stamp: verso: Atelier stamp [L. 657] in red


Recorded Ownership History
Atelier Degas (Lugt 657), sold [through Vente III (Lugt 658), Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, April 7-8, 1919, no. 158.1]; to [Henri Fiquet, Paris]. [César Mange de Hauke, New York], gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1930

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of César M. de Hauke
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Henri Rivière, ed., Les Dessins de Degas, Demotte (Paris, France, 1922 - 1923), pl. 4
  • "A Degas Drawing of Tissot", The Connoisseur (November 1931), vol. LXXXVIII, no. 363, p. 360
  • Agnes Mongan, "Portrait Studies by Degas in American Collections", Bulletin of the Fogg Art Museum, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, May 1932), vol. 1, no. 4, p. 65
  • Independent Painters of Nineteenth Century Paris, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA, 1935), no. 124
  • James Laver, "Vulgar society"; the romantic career of James Tissot, 1836-1902, Constable (London, England, 1936), pp. 11-13, pl. 30
  • Agnes Mongan and Paul J. Sachs, Drawings in the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, 1940), vol. 1, cat. no. 668, fig. 344
  • Louise Burroughs, "A Portrait of James Tissot by Degas", The Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY, February 1941), vol. XXXVI, no. 2, p. 36, fig. 1
  • Masterpieces of 19th and 20th Century French Drawing from the Fogg Museum..., brochure, Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, MI, 1941), checklist no. 21
  • Paul André Lemoisne, Degas et son Oeuvre, Paul Brame and Cesar M. de Hauke (Paris, France, 1946-1949), vol. II, mentioned under no. 175
  • A Special Exhibition of Drawings from the Fogg Museum of Art, exh. cat., Speed Memorial Museum (Louisville, KY, 1947), cat. no. 25
  • Agnes Mongan, De Clouet a Matisse: Dessins français des collections américaines, exh. cat., Musée de l'Orangerie (Paris, 1958), no. 163, pl. 154
  • Agnes Mongan, Van Clouet tot Matisse: tentoonstelling van franse tekeningen uit amerikaanse collecties, exh. cat., Museum Boymans (Rotterdam, 1958), no. 163, pl. 142
  • Agnes Mongan, French Drawings from American Collections: Clouet to Matisse, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, 1959), cat. no. 163, pp. 109, pl. 142, repr.
  • Jakob Rosenberg, Great Draughtsmen from Pisanello to Picasso, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1959), pp. xxiii and 109; repr. 203a
  • Phoebe Pool, Degas, Spring Books (London, England, 1963), p. 10, no. 2, repr.
  • Jaromir Pecirka, Edgar Degas: Drawings, P. Nevill (London, England, 1963), pl. 3
  • Degas' drawings, Dover Publications Inc. (New York, NY, 1973), pl. 8
  • Jakob Rosenberg, Great Draughtsmen from Pisanello to Picasso [rev. ed.], Harper & Row (New York, NY, 1974), p. 147, pl. 267a
  • Melissa McQuillan, Impressionist Portraits, Little, Brown & Company (Boston, MA, 1986), repr. p. 60
  • Richard Thomson, The Private Degas, exh. cat., Arts Council of Great Britain, London (London, England, 1987), no. 31; p. 26, fig. 22
  • Ann Dumas and David A. Brenneman, Degas and America: The Early Collectors, exh. cat., High Museum of Art/MInneapolis Institute of Arts/Rizzoli (New York, NY, 2001), cat. no. 21, repr. (color)
  • Marjorie B. Cohn and Jean Sutherland Boggs, Degas at Harvard, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums/Yale University Press (Cambridge and New Haven, 2005), cat. no. 22, fig. 69
  • Catalogue des tableaux, pastels et dessins par Edgar Degas et provenant de son atelier 3e vente, April 7-9, 1919, auct. cat., Galerie Georges Petit (Paris, France, April 7 - April 9, 1919), no. 158a, repr.

Exhibition History

  • Exhibition of Drawings by Degas, Jacques Seligmann & Co., New York, 10/27/1930 - 11/15/1930
  • Degas, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 05/09/1931 - 05/30/1931
  • Independent Painters of 19th Century Paris, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 03/15/1935 - 04/28/1935
  • Masterpieces of 19th and 20th Century French Drawing from the Fogg Museum of Art at Harvard University and the Museum of Modern Art of New York City, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, 05/01/1941 - 06/01/1941
  • Master Drawings, Fogg Art Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, 06/01/1943 - 08/31/1943
  • Edgar Degas Bronzes, Drawings, Pastels, Buchholz Gallery, New York, 01/03/1945 - 01/27/1945
  • Drawings by Degas, Farnsworth Art Museum (now Davis Museum and Cultural Center), Wellesley, 02/16/1946 - 03/10/1946
  • Drawings from the Fogg Museum of Art, Speed Art Museum, Louisville, 03/02/1947 - 03/30/1947
  • A Special Exhibition of Drawings from the Fogg Museum of Art, Speed Memorial Museum, Louisville, KY, 03/02/1947 - 03/30/1947
  • Degas' Portraits of his Family and Friends, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, 03/06/1948 - 03/28/1948
  • French Drawings of Five Centuries from the Collection of the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, 05/15/1951 - 09/30/1951
  • French Drawings from American Collections: Clouet to Matisse, Museum Boymans, Rotterdam, 07/31/1958 - 09/28/1958; Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris, 10/24/1958 - 01/02/1959; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 02/03/1959 - 03/15/1959
  • The Drawing, Pomona College Gallery, 09/22/1960 - 10/16/1960
  • Ingres and Degas: Two Classical Draughtsmen, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/24/1961 - 05/20/1961
  • A Generation of Draughtsmen, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, 04/25/1962 - 05/29/1962
  • Edgar Degas: his family and friends in New Orleans, Isaac Delgado Museum of Art, New Orleans, 05/02/1965 - 06/16/1965
  • The Legacy of David and Ingres to Nineteenth Century Art, Dwight Art Memorial, South Hadley, 10/12/1966 - 11/13/1966
  • James Tissot: Prints and Drawings, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, 03/07/1970 - 04/19/1970
  • The Private Degas, The Whitworth Art Gallery, 01/17/1987 - 02/28/1987; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 03/14/1987 - 05/03/1987
  • Degas at Harvard, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 08/01/2005 - 11/27/2005

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