Eye Candy for Today: Tissot’s Gallery of the HMS Calcutta

The Gallery of HMS Calcutta, James Tissot
The Gallery of HMS Calcutta (details), James Tissot

The Gallery of HMS Calcutta, James Tissot, oli in canvas, roughly 27 x 36 in (68 x 92 cm). Link os to image file page on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Tate, London.

19th century French painter James Tissot, who was unjustly often dismissed as a shallow chronicler of high society, here demonstrates a mastery of soft light and delicate value relationships in his portrayal of well dressed young people enjoyng the view from a sailing ship’s gallery. Often called a “quarter gallery”, this feature was a kind of balcony or observation deck on the stern of the ship.