This painting is set in the artist’s garden in the wealthy north London suburb of St John’s Wood. It features its distinctive cast-iron colonnade enclosing a large ornamental fishpond. St John’s Wood was considered a rather louche area and this picture of young people flirting, unnoticed by their sleeping chaperone, was considered by some to be rather vulgar. The men are wearing the caps of I Zingari, an elite amateur cricket club.James Tissot had fled to London in 1870 after the fall of the Paris Commune, and stayed until 1882.


  • Title: Holyday
  • Creator: James Tissot
  • Date: c.1876
  • Provenance: Purchased 1928
  • Physical Dimensions: 762 x 994 x 20 mm
  • Original Title: Holyday
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Tate
  • Medium: Oil paint on canvas

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