This is perhaps Pissarro’s first painting in England, having moved to London in December 1870. Showing the view from the top of Fox Hill, close to where the artist lived until June 1871, the painting has a rural quality that could lead to it being mistaken for a countryside scene – the city clothing of the walkers in the mid-ground, however, points more firmly to its suburban setting.
Fox Hill, Upper Norwood
The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London
Date of work
Oil paint on canvas 35.3 × 45.7 cm The National Gallery, London. Presented by Viscount and Viscountess Radcliffe, 1964
Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) was a Danish-French Impressionist painter, and later mentor of Cézanne and Gauguin. He moved to London briefly during the Franco- Prussian war, and returned to visit several times in the 1890s. A pivotal figure in the Impressionist movement, Pissarro was the only artist to have shown his work at all eight Paris Impressionist exhibitions, from 1874 to 1886.