Lucien Pissarro’s ‘Shaftesbury’, then and now

On July 21st, my husband and I were in the picturesque town of Shaftesbury in Dorset, visiting his mother and step-father, who we hadn’t seen since before Covid times. They have lived in Shaftesbury for a quarter of a century and know it very well. We brought along a photocopy of a painting entitled ‘Shaftesbury’, made by Lucien Pissarro in 1916 while he was living nearby. We hoped that they could take us to the spot where Lucien would have worked, and to our pleasure, they recognized it right away. On foot, my mother-in-law escorted us to Great Lane, on a hot, sunny summer’s day. Certainly, changes have taken place between 1916 and 2021, but architectural landmarks within the painting, and even patterns of tree growth, remain recognizably the same. The line of houses running up toward the churches is the famous Gold Hill.

Lucien Pissarro, ‘Shaftesbury’, 1916. In the collection of the Stern Pissarro Gallery.
Photograph of Shaftesbury from Great Lane, taken myself on 21 July, 2021.

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2 thoughts on “Lucien Pissarro’s ‘Shaftesbury’, then and now

  1. Dear Karen,

    Thank you for mentioning us but more so for finding the perfect corresponding image to our watercolour. I am always fascinated by finding the actual spot a work was painted from and find it extremely exciting when you feel you found it.

    I have kept your details on a post-it sticker on my computer to be sure not to forget to arrange to meet but we have been extremely busy with 2 trips to France over the summer and now the Jewish high holidays.

    I should probably move the post-it to my wife as she is the one that makes things happen…

    Best regards,

    David

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    On Mon, 13 Sept 2021 at 10:31, London Belletrist wrote:

    > londonbelletrist posted: ” On July 21st, my husband and I were in the > picturesque town of Shaftesbury in Dorset, visiting his mother and > step-father, who we hadn’t seen since before Covid times. They have lived > in Shaftesbury for a quarter of a century and know it very well. We br” >

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    1. Dear David,

      I agree, it is very exciting to find the actual spot at which a painting was made. I was so pleased that my in-laws instantly knew where Lucien’s painting was made. Testament to the painting itself!
      Don’t worry about finding a date yet. As a matter of fact, I’m currently doing more research that would probably be of interest to you and Lélia when I’m finished sorting through it and have written it up. I think if we aim for a date before the end of the year, that would be realistic.

      In the meantime, all best wishes to you both,
      Karen

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