Guiseppe de Nittis observed this scene from a cab, and painted this dynamic scene of a moment in Picadilly’s busy throughfare. The painting, as Picadilly itself, is a hub of activity, crammed with movement and atmosphere.The dull reflections on the pavement and street give the painting a slightly damp feeling, as if it has been raining, and the sky is hazy with clouds.
Giuseppe de Nittis
Piccadilly: Wintry Walk in London
Date of work
Oil paint on canvas 68.5 × 104 cm Private collection
Giuseppe de Nittis (1846 – August 21, 1884) was an Italian painter, who worked in both Salon and Impressionist style, and working mainly in paints and pastels, a medium he helped to popularise. Despite being expelled from the Instituto di Belle Arti in Naples in 1863 for insubordination, he went on to become one of the most important Italian artists for the nineteenth century. He lived predominantly in Paris, and was awarded the Légion d’honneur in 1878.