Joseph Mallord William Turner England: Richmond Hill, on the Prince Regent’s Birthday exhibited 1819

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Title
England: Richmond Hill, on the Prince Regent’s Birthday
Date Exhibited 1819
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1800 x 3346 mm
frame: 2140 x 3700 x 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
N00502

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Turner casts the famous prospect westwards from Richmond Hill in a classic style evoking the French painter Claude Lorrain and himself in a cultural continuum. The poets Alexander Pope and James Thomson, whose ‘Summer’ he quoted with the picture, and the painter Joshua Reynolds had lived at Richmond or nearby at Twickenham where Turner had his own property, Sandycombe Lodge.

Turner’s birthday, 23 April, was also Shakespeare’s, the Prince Regent’s official birthday and St George’s Day.

February 2010

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