James Tissot Ramsgate c.1876

Artwork details

Artist
James Tissot 1836–1902
Title
Ramsgate
Date c.1876
Medium Ink on paper
Dimensions Support: 251 x 352 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by J.R. Holliday 1927
Reference
N04295
Not on display

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This pen-and-ink drawing shows a room overlooking the seaside town of Ramsgate. The beach and harbour were popular subjects for 19th-century artists, but Tissot’s unusual interior view shows only a glimpse of boats. He uses the linear medium to weave a pattern of masts, architecture and furniture.

Resorts like Ramsgate were often settings for modern-life novels and plays such as those of Wilkie Collins. The empty room suggests absence and events past or yet to come. Tissot added figures to the scene in three other versions of this composition.

October 2013

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