Buy a Canvas Print of The Captain & His Girl. This classic wall art print is from an original oil on canvas artwork by James Tissot, painted in 1873. Tissot befriended a ship’s captain, John Freebody and his young wife. The couple then went on to model for Tissot in various artworks including this one, The Captain and His Girl. James Tissot (1836 – 1902) was a French painter and illustrator who found fame in first in his native Paris before moving to London, England in 1871. James Tissot was known for his paintings that featured predominately women, fashionably dressed women undertaking varying aspects of everyday life.