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The Courtauld Gallery

See a newly built London suburb through an artist's eyes.

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Spotlight on 'Lordship Lane Station, Dulwich' 1871 by Camille Pissarro (1830-1903)

Pissarro spent over a year in London, fleeing the Franco-Prussian war. He painted sights around his home in Norwood, including a view of Lordship Lane Station (now demolished). The station had opened only a few years earlier, catering to visitors to the Crystal Palace and to residents of this growing south London suburb. Standing on a footbridge over the tracks, Pissarro painted the train leaving the station. His view however is curiously devoid of people. He originally included a man mowing a grassy slope to the right, but painted him out.

Painting of a steam train running along tracks with buildings in the background
See Camille Pissarro’s view of Lordship Lane Station, painted when he took refuge in a south London suburb from the Franco-Prussian war in 1871. Camille Pissarro (1830-1903), Lordship Lane Station, Dulwich, 1871. The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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