The Second World War marked a traumatic turning-point in Tristram Hillier’s life and career

This section features six paintings created in France between 1937-1940 – click through the gallery below to explore

In 1936 Hillier travelled to Austria where he met Leda Hardcastle. The couple quickly fell in love and were married in 1937. 

Tristram and Leda eventually settled in northern France where they lived in a country house called L’Ormerie, near Étretat. There they established a tranquil and happy life together.

When Germany invaded France in 1940 the Hilliers were forced to flee with their new-born daughter Mary. They escaped just in time on a ship to England.  

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