Monet’s London Hyde Park painting of January 1871 – experts claim the location cannot be ascertained accurately due to artistic licence and a fair amount of alteration made post-production in his studio.
It is agreed the view looks towards Lancaster Gate, however the foreground is said to be of a hill that doesnt have the same elevation or prominence as any present location in Hyde Park. This has confused many people.
Explorations show there is indeed a spot in Hyde Park almost like Monet’s. The difference in elevation isn’t quite alike but the similarity is evident.
The Lancaster London Hotel is seen through the trees, thus confirming the perspective to Lancaster Gate. The spires of Christ Church/St James seen in Monet’s composition are no longer visible due to a proliferation of trees.