Camille Pissarro arrived in London at the end of 1870. He was fleeing the Franco-Prussian war and was accompanied by his partner, Julie Vellay, and their two children, Lucien, aged seven, and Jeanne Rachel aged five.
London was a massive, commercially thriving city with commuters travelling to work on the expanding railway lines from their homes in the newly built suburbs. Pissarro was fascinated by these innovations.
His work allows us a glimpse of the rapidly growing outskirts of London in the nineteenth century.