The paintings Pissarro first made in Britain were not publicly exhibited for a long time. He was known in London for his prints and illustrated books, and his emergence as a painter was delayed for years after he suffered a stroke in 1897. He made no paintings during the following five years, and then rather few. Only in 1904, coincidentally the year after his father’s death, were his paintings seen in public, when he exhibited at the New English Art Club as a ‘non-member’ with this painting and The Garden Gate
. From 1906 he regularly showed his new paintings at the New English Art Club. The compiler of Pissarro’s catalogue raisonné, Anne Thorold, suggests that this painting was also exhibited there in November 1906 as Epping, Early Spring
, but the absence of a mention in reviews, and the fact that the picture had already been shown there in 1904, make this uncertain.9
At the Whitechapel Art Gallery in February 1907 he showed this painting, again with The Garden Gate
, in the ‘New English Art Club’ section of ‘Contemporary British Painting and Sculpture’. He showed work in all three Camden Town Group exhibitions, sending some earlier paintings as well as new ones, but his first solo exhibition of paintings was at the Carfax Gallery in May 1913. His first British paintings can be seen as a decline, and his painting was not really reborn after he left France and after his work was interrupted by his illness, until about 1906. This makes Pissarro difficult to place in terms of his generation, but comparable to his contemporary Walter Sickert, who also re-emerged in London in 1905 on his return from France.