Autograph Letter Signed ‘James Tissot’, to the Lord Mayor, regretting that “une affaire importante” prevents him accepting the Mayor’s invitation. In French. 1 page 8 x 5 inches, on quadrille paper (small marginal tears repaired), in good condition. Abbaye de Buillon, 21 July 1898. James Tissot (1836 –1902), French painter and illustrator. He was a successful painter of Paris society before moving to London in 1871. He became famous as a genre painter of fashionably dressed women shown in various scenes of everyday life. He also painted scenes and characters from the Bible.