Cookie Notification

We use cookies to help give you the best experience on our site and allow us and third parties to tailor ads you see on this and other websites. By continuing you agree to our use of cookies

Fischer Portrait c. 1845

Fischer Portrait c. 1845

John George Paul Fischer, Portrait of Madame Tussaud Selling Tickets, Watercolour on Paper, 1845.

More Info

  • (John George) Paul Fischer (1786–1875) was a German painter. He moved to England in 1810, where his Hanoverian connection enabled him to obtain work as a miniature painter for the royal family.
  • This portrait of Marie Tussaud depicts her at age 84, sitting in the entrance of the exhibition collecting admittance fees. The figures of the French Royal Family Arc can be recognised behind her. These figure remain in the exhibition to this day.
  • Madame Tussaud’s presence in the entrance hall was not uncommon: an account in Charles Dickens’ All Year Round recalls how even in her old age she would often supervise the box office, ‘receiving the shillings that poured into her exchequer’.