In Hampton Court Green
, Pissarro depicts a scene that even today appeals to many as quintessentially British. On the flat green surface, under a blue sky, a cricket match is being played. Pissarro said that ‘love of this game is innate to the English’, and he himself brought a fondness of the sport back home with him to France. The picture was a commercial success, and picture was sold to Paul Durand- Ruel in February 1892.
Hampton Court Green
The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London
Date of work
Oil paint on canvas 54.3 × 73 cm National Gallery of Art, Washington, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection
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.