The former home of Impressionist artist Lucien Pissarro, still owned by his descendants today, has just gone on sale. The property has a detached, purpose-built artist’s studio in the garden, and one of London’s most admired markers of greatness – an English Heritage blue plaque
The former home of Lucien Pissarro, a renowned artist and engraver, has gone on sale. Dating back to 1760, the Grade II listed house in west London was granted a blue plaque in 1976 to mark Pissarro’s life and work.
The property was originally a collection of four prominent country homes that overlooked the once rolling fields of the Common and Stamford Brook, a tributary of the Thames. It was bought by the artist in 1902 and has been in the Anglo-French artist’s family for 116 years. Called The Brook, the property is now on the market with Finlay Brewer for £2.95 million.
The 2,800 sq ft, five-bedroom home remains largely untouched from his time there, retaining its country charm with original fireplaces and wood beams throughout. There’s also an expansive garden measuring over 7,000 sq ft, complete with a separate large artist’s studio which has been fitted out with a private shower room.
The historic home also has a double reception room, study, two bathrooms, utility/shower room, open-plan kitchen, breakfast and dining room, plus a summer house, off-street parking and sumptuously planted front garden.
‘Houses like this are not only rare to the market, but also hard to find in London,’ said Teresa Brewer, Partner at Finlay Brewer. ‘You would expect to find a home of this style in the middle of the countryside, rather than in west London.
‘For The Brook to have retained its original look and feel makes it a real gem. This home is perfect for those that err away from the modern look and style and want to obtain the almost impossible dream of traditional English country house in the city.’
Houses like this are not only rare to the market, but also hard to find in London. For The Brook to have retained its original look and feel makes it a real gem
Until the 19th century, Stamford Brook (which sits on the main Roman Road through London to Bath) and the surrounding areas were made up of market gardens, small hamlets and country houses. It was this rural idyll that attracted Lucien Pissarro. The son of notable French Impressionist Camille Pissarro, Lucien worked with contemporaries such as Paul Signac and Vincent Van Gogh, and Van Gogh even dedicated his 1887 painting, Basket of Apples, to Pissarro.
Moving to England permanently in 1890, Pissarro studied the work of William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement, and lectured on impressionism at the Art Workers Guild. In 1897 he suffered a debilitating stroke, which rendered him unable to paint for several years.
It wasn’t until he moved to The Brook in 1902, to be close to his daughter, that he took up painting again. The house and the expansive greenery of the local area are credited as his inspiration to pick up his brush once more.
Pissarro’s career hit its peak in the 1920s and 30s, and he exhibited at the Royal Academy continuously from 1934 until his death in 1944. One of his most notable works while living there was ‘The Brook, Sunny Weather’.
Today, The Brook is a five-minute walk to Stamford Brook station, 10 minutes from Turnham Green Terrace and close to several excellent schools, including Orchard House School, Latymer Upper School and the Godolphin and Latymer School.
Viewings are by appointment only. Call Finlay Brewer on 020 7371 4171 or see finlaybrewer.co.uk