- Oil paint on canvas
- Support: 530 x 644 mm
- Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1943
The cottage at the left, which almost disappears behind ivy, is the ‘Ivy Cottage’ of the title, where the Pissarros lived from November 1915 to July the following year.1 Coldharbour, near Leith Hill, south of Dorking in Surrey, was another remote village rather like Fishpond in Dorset where Pissarro had stayed the year before, and was again close to steep hills. He painted the view from the hills, and painted snow again the following winter, when he was living at East Knoyle in Wiltshire. His friend J.B. Manson wrote to Pissarro about the effects of snow on 2 February 1914:
Anne Thorold, A Catalogue of the Oil Paintings of Lucien Pissarro, London 1983, p.18. Orovida Pissarro confirmed the place in replying to an enquiry from the Tate Gallery of 16 September 1958: ‘Ivy Cottage is on the left of the picture and that is where my parents rented furnished rooms for a seasons painting.’ Tate Catalogue file.
J.B. Manson, letter to Lucien Pissarro, 2 February 1914, Tate Archive TGA 806/2/11–22.
Stamford Brook Green (Snow and Mist) 1909–10, 61 x 73.5 cm; Thorold 1983, no.132.
Geoffrey Blackwell, letter to J.B. Manson, 2 May 1913, Tate Archive TGA 806/1/104–6.
J.B. Manson, ‘Mr Geoffrey Blackwell’s Collection of Modern Pictures’, Studio, vol.61, 15 May 1914, p.272.
John Rothenstein, letter to Sir Walter Lamb, 22 April 1943, Tate Catalogue file.
J. Cornforth, ‘A French Impressionist in England’, Country Life, vol.123, no.3437, 17 January 1963, pp.98–9.