Impressions of England
YOUR article ‘Through French eyes’ (October 11) is a reminder of how lucky we are that the enforced exile of the French Impressionists in London during the Franco-prussian War enabled them to express their artistry in Britain. The French novelist and critic Hector Malot, who declared in 1862 that ‘No Frenchman goes to England for pleasure, or resides there by choice’, had yet to see England through the eyes of his fellow countrymen.
Cricket on Kew Green (above) was the subject of a painting by Camille Pissarro in 1892 and, 125 years later, remains a quintessentially British scene worthy of an artist’s eye today. Anna Cornell, Surrey