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6 7/8 in. x 5 7/8 in. (175 mm x 149 mm) plate size; 11 3/4 in. x 9 5/8 in. (300 mm x 243 mm) paper size
- Lucien Pissarro (1863-1944), Painter, engraver and printer. Sitter in 2 portraits.
Born in Paris, the son of the Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro, Lucien studied under his father and exhibited at the last Impressionist exhibition, held in 1886. In 1890 he settled in London and in 1916 adopted British nationality. He exhibited with the New English Art Club from 1904 and was a founder member of the Camden Town Group (1911) and of the Monarro Group (1919). This portrait was made by his father in the year that he moved to London.
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