Jane de Glehn first visited England with her cousin Bay around 1902 and the two girls had poked gentle fun at the English stereotypes they encountered. It was with some trepidation, then, that she travelled to England with her new husband in 1904 to meet members of her new family and Wilfrid’s friends. Letters she wrote to her mother, recounting in rapturous detail her sister-in-law, Rachel’s, house at Inglewidden, near Cadgwith, in Cornwall, and of her warm reception there show that such worries were swiftly alleviated.
Once the couple had settled permanently at their new abode in Chelsea, they soon began to make good use of their weekends together, travelling and staying with friends and family, like Wilfrid’s parents in Bromley, his brother Louis in Cambridge, Henry James at Rye, the Astors at Clivedon, Leonard Borwick in Sussex and Rachel and Francis Marsh in Essex.
Wilfrid’s English landscapes are sometimes peopled with his friends and were often painted in their gardens, near their homes or at local stately homes during weekends and short stays.