frederick barnard

James Tissot (1836-1902)
“Too Early” (1873)
Oil on canvas
Located in the Guildhall Art Gallery, London, England

Victorian art expert Christopher Wood (1941 – 2009) believed this painting was inspired by an illustration, “The First to Come” by Frederick Barnard, published in the Illustrated London News in 1872. He wrote that it depicted “a nervous young man launched into a drawing room by a superior butler…it was part of Tissot’s genius to see [in such scenes] a potential subject.” Wood commented that “Too Early” “has deservedly remained one of the most acclaimed of all Tissot’s pictures.”


1 - “Among Cannibals. An account of four years’ travels in Australia, etc. [Translated from the Danish.]” Author: LUMHOLTZ, Carl. Place of Publishing: London. Date of Publishing: 1889.

2 - “Sunlight and Shade. Being poems and pictures of life and nature. Illustrations by F. Barnard, etc”. Contributor: BARNARD, Frederick. Place of Publishing: London. Date of Publishing: 1883.

3 - “Across Chrysê, being the narrative of a journey of exploration through the South China border lands from Canton to Mandalay … With … maps … and … illustrations [including a portrait], etc”. Author: COLQUHOUN, Archibald Ross. Place of Publishing: London. Date of Publishing: 1883.

4 - “Codogno e il suo territorio nella cronaca e nella storia”. Author: CAIRO, Gio - and GIARELLI (Francesco). Contributor: GIARELLI, Francesco. Place of Publishing: Codogno. Date of Publishing: 1897.