1 of 7 portraits of Abdul Aziz
by James Jacques Tissot
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 30 October 1869
11 3/4 in. x 7 1/8 in. (298 mm x 181 mm)
Artistback to top
- James Jacques Tissot (1836-1902), French painter and printmaker. Artist of 66 portraits.
This portraitback to top
At the time of this caricature, Abdul Aziz was under pressure from European powers seeking to establish an influence in his domains. The Sultan is shown holding personifications of Greece and Egypt, as a European figure prepares to seize him. A political cartoon as much as a caricature, the magazine did not repeat this approach. The accompanying text ended with a prescient warning: 'it will be well, not only for Turkey, but for Europe, if …the Sultan becomes master of his own house'.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Rogers, Malcolm, Master Drawings from the National Portrait Gallery, 1993 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 5 August to 23 October 1994), p. 127
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 2
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Men of the day: Caricatures from Vanity Fair (15 February 2008 - 31 August 2008)
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1869back to top
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