John Theodore Tussaud was born in Kensington, the great-grandson of Marie Tussaud. Although his father sold Madame Tussauds to a company headed by Edwin Josiah Poyser in February 1889, John Thedore Tussaud continued in his role as manager and chief artist for many years. He exhibited a bust of Alfred, Lord Tennyson and other sculptures at the Royal Academy.
He wrote a book on the history of Madame Tussauds and the book The Chosen Four about four of Napoleon Bonaparte"s loyal supporters who followed him into exile on Saint Helena.
In 1935 Tussaud was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.