James Tissot, Young Ladies Looking at Japanese Objects, 1869, oil on canvas.
Tissot was a successful French artist who found a great deal of work amongst Parisian society. In 1871 however he relocated t London, where he found equal acclaim among the upper and middle class. He painted predominantly genre scenes, mostly of fashionable young women in fine clothing doing something elegant yet everyday. As well as this he also painted biblical scenes and characters, reflecting his own devotion to his Catholic faith.