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The view of the Thames in the series of the House of Parliament by Claude Monet, the nature of London’s parks in the paintings of Camille Pissarro, the regattas immortalised by Alfred Sisley: three examples of a fascinating and often misunderstood page out of art history. In the halls of the Tate Britain, the French impressionists in Great Britain: a phenomenon born out the French-Prussian war, but destined to reverberate throughout the ages. While these foreign artists transformed sections of London into icons of European art, painting in the United Kingdom would never be the same again either: a generation of painters, teachers, merchants and patrons grew up under the influence of these ideas from across the Channel, giving life to a wealth of new theories on colour as well as painting en plein air. More than 100 works by the masters of Impressionism reveal how British places, cultures and habits captured the attention of these guests: from the singular shades of the water of the Thames to the vivacious The Ball on Shipboard by James Tissot, not to mention life in public parks, far different from the orderly French gardens in which even walking on the grass was prohibited.