St Tropez, c. 1925
Wilfrid first visited the brightly coloured fishing villages of the French Riviera in 1918, while on leave from Versailles. Untouched by the horrors of the war in the north of the country where de Glehn had been stationed for so long, the small fishing villages of Antibes and St Tropez, Cannes and Nice, must have appeared as havens of idyllic continuity in a period of tumultuous change. Wilfrid’s cousin Lucien Monod and his family moved to Cannes in 1917, further firing the couple’s enthusiasm for visiting the region, and by the mid-twenties until the mid-thirties, the couple’s annual pattern of holidaying on the continent in the late summer, established by Sargent, had been reinstated.
In the Garden at Cannes, c. 1920
Moored Fishing Boat, St Tropez, watercolour
Jane Emmet de Glehn, 1873-1961, The White Villa, 1934