Im­pres­sions of Eng­land

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

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

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