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Coïdé (James Tissot) (1836-1902)


James Tissot (1836-1902), known also as 'Coïdé'

Though best known as the French painter of English society, James Tissot also produced insightful caricatures. These appeared in Vanity Fair, under the name ‘Coïdé’, in the period from 1869 to 1873, alongside those of ‘Ape’ and before the arrival of ‘Spy’.

The second of four sons of a prosperous linen merchant, James Tissot was born in Nantes, on the River Loire, on 15 October 1836. He was educated at Jesuit colleges in Brugelette, Belgium; Vannes, Brittany; and Dôle, Franche-Comté. He considered becoming an architect and then an artist. Moving to Paris by 1856, he studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, under Louis Lamothe and Hippolyte Flandrin.

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