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Camille Pissarro, Fox Hill, Upper Norwood

Key facts
Full title Fox Hill, Upper Norwood
Artist Camille Pissarro
Artist dates 1830 - 1903
Date made 1870
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 35.3 × 45.7 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit Presented by Viscount and Viscountess Radcliffe, 1964
Inventory number NG6351
Location Room 44
Collection Main Collection
Fox Hill, Upper Norwood
Camille Pissarro

This is one of 12 surviving pictures that Camille Pissarro made while in self-imposed exile in south London from late 1870 to mid-1871 during the Franco-Prussian war. Perhaps the first picture he painted while in London, it is one of the more rural scenes of the group and is similar to landscapes he had been painting near his home to the west of Paris.

It’s still possible to identify the site today – the road at Fox Hill retains its slight bend. However, Pissarro was perhaps more interested in the atmospheric effects of the light and weather than in precise topography, and the painting may have been first exhibited in London with the title Effet de neige (Snow Effect).

The picture has the appearance of having been painted quickly on site in the open air, as Pissarro worked rapidly and energetically, but it was completed in several stages.

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